Año: NCR under Granular Lockdown Alert Level 4 on Sept 16
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año announced that National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under Alert Level 4 at the onset of the implementation of granular lockdowns with alert levels in the nation’s capital on September 16.
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Under Alert Level 4, those below 18 and above 65, with comorbidities or other health risks, and pregnant women are ordered to stay at their homes, except for buying goods, getting essential services, and working in permitted businesses and offices.
Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits; indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events; indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters; outdoor and indoor amusement parks or theme parks, funfairs, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides; indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues and staycations are also not allowed to operate under this level.
Outdoor or alfresco dine-in services in restaurants and eateries are allowed to operate at 30% capacity, regardless of customers’ vaccination status while indoor dine-in services may be allowed at 10% capacity, only for fully vaccinated individuals.
Personal care services such as barbershops, hair and nail spas, and beauty salons are allowed to operate at 30% capacity, if these services are conducted outdoors, regardless of customers’ vaccination status while indoor services are at 10% capacity, only for fully vaccinated persons.
Outdoor religious services are allowed at 30% capacity, regardless of vaccination status. Meanwhile, indoor religious gatherings may be allowed at a limited 10% capacity, only for fully vaccinated individuals.
Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 is limited to immediate family members.
Government offices shall remain fully operational with at least 20% on-site capacity with the implementation of work-from-home and other flexible work arrangement schemes.
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Under the new guidelines released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the new quarantine classifications that will be piloted in the metro will have 5 alert levels that would determine the activities allowed in the affected areas. These include:
*Alert Level 1 – areas in which case transmission is low and decreasing, total bed utilization rate, and intensive care unit utilization rate is low.
*Alert Level 2 – areas in which case transmission is low and decreasing, healthcare utilization is low, or case counts are low but increasing, or case counts are low and decreasing but total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate is increasing.
*Alert Level 3 – areas in which case counts are high and/or increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate at increasing utilization.
*Alert Level 4 – areas in which case counts are high and/or increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate are high.
*Alert Level 5 – areas in which case counts are alarming, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate at a critical level.
As of press time, the total recorded COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 2,266,066, of which 177,670 or 7.8% are active.
Source: Philippine News Agency