Religious gatherings up to 10% of venue capacity to be allowed in GCQ areas after July 10 – IATF
Robie de Guzman • July 3, 2020 • 945
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday announced that religious gatherings involving attendees of up to 10% of the venue capacity will soon be allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this is based on the latest resolution approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases following calls for the partial reopening of places of worship.
Roque said the new policy will take effect next Friday, July 10.
“Magkakaroon muna po tayo ng dry run na 10% itong darating na linggo, pero yung 10% po na allowed na ang lahat ay magsisimula po ng July 10,” he said in a televised press briefing.
The Palace official stressed that public health standards such as physical distancing, wearing of face mask, disinfection and hand hygiene, should be strictly followed.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that the following areas will be under GCQ from July 1 to July 15:
National Capital Region
Towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu Province
Roque also announced that operation of travel agencies in GCQ areas will also be allowed but only limited to a skeleton workforce.
The Department of Trade and Industry will also release a set of guidelines on additional services that will be allowed in salons and barbershops.
The latest IATF resolution also states that practice and conditioning sessions for professional basketball and football teams will also be permitted.
Roque said the move comes after a joint administrative order was signed between the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusements Board, and the Department of Health to allow limited physical activities amid the community quarantine. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force against COVID-19 has created a panel of experts tasked to monitor and identify the occurrence of new coronavirus variants in the country, Malacañang said Wednesday.
The Palace said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) established the technical working group on COVID-19 variants on Tuesday, in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The group will be headed by Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, and Executive Director jaime Montoya of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development will serve as co-chair.
Other members of the technical working group are the following:
Dr. Anna Ong-Lim of the DOH Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
Dr. Marissa Alejandria of the DOH TAG
Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana of the DOH TAG
Dr. Celia Carlos of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz of the University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health
Dr. Cynthia Saloma of the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center
Dr. John Wong of Epimetrics
The technical working group will also provide policy recommendations to the IATF on the appropriate response regarding these coronavirus variants.
The IATF likewise resolved that all foreign travelers coming from countries/jurisdictions covered by travel restrictions for the new variant of COVID-19, or with a travel history in those areas within the last 14 days prior to arrival in the Philippines shall not be permitted entry to the Philippines.
Local/accredited foreign diplomats and international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations shall be exempted from quarantine protocols as long as they will undergo RT-PCR test upon arrival in the country, execute an undertaking, and observe strict 14-day quarantine.
Also exempted are foreign dignitaries who shall observe existing testing and quarantine protocols upon arrival and those for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts.
On the other hand, Filipino citizens coming from countries/jurisdictions where travel restrictions are in place, or who have been to the said areas within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines shall strictly observe a facility-based quarantine period, except for highly exceptional and / or medical reasons, which the DOH would determine.
In addition, any individual arriving in the Philippines who may have received vaccination for COVID-19 in other countries/jurisdictions shall still be required to observe the mandatory testing and quarantine protocols.
MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila and seven other areas in the country will still be under general community quarantine (GCQ) classification until the end of January, Malacañang said Friday.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte extended the GCQ classification for Metro Manila, Santiago City, Batangas, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Lanao del Sur, Davao City, and Davao del Norte.
The rest of the country are placed under modified general community quarantine, he added.
The risk-level classifications take effect from January 1 until January 31, 2021.
Duterte earlier said the continued community quarantine restriction was to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease.
The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 475,820 COVID-19 infections with 439,895 recoveries and 9,248 fatalities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) on Friday said that government agencies will come up with a consolidated guidelines on the proper use of face shields, including exclusions or exemptions.
The IATF said the consolidated advisory will be released by the Department of Health (DOH). Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other agencies.
The task force’s directive comes after Malacañang’s announcement on the mandatory use of face mask and full-coverage face shields when leaving their homes.
The government previously required the wearing of face shields only in establishments and public transport.
Health authorities earlier said the latest policy is necessary to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease.
The Philippines has so far recorded 454,447 COVID-19 infections with 8,850 deaths.
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