THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has allowed cinemas, museums, theme parks and other leisure establishments to reopen in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) effective February 15, 2021.

However, their operations are subject to the implementing guidelines to be issued by the local government units (LGUs).

The facilities should also strictly observe the minimum public health standards.

The IATF’s latest resolution, which was approved on February 11, covers the following:
  • Driving schools;
  • Traditional cinemas, and video and interactive-game arcades;
  • Libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers;
  • Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, and limited social events in establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism; and
  • Parks, theme parks, natural sites and historical landmarks.

The IATF also approved the conduct of religious gatherings for up to 50 percent of the seating capacity of the venue.

“The reopening and further expansion shall be subject to the issuance of the implementing guidelines, which will provide for the operational capacity, and oversight of the appropriate regulatory agency and the concerned local government units where these businesses/industries are located,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque read the IATF resolution.

The areas under GCQ for the entire month of February are Cordillera Administrative Region, Metro Manila, Batangas, Tacloban City, Davao City. Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Iligan City.

The rest of the country is under modified GCQ. (SunStar Philippines)