THE City Government of Bacolod is only waiting for the copy of the resolution of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIAF) to allow children ages 5 and above to go to outdoor areas.

This was stressed by Councilor Renecito Novero, chair of the Quarantine Centers Action Team, Sunday, July 11, 2021, after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier announced that the IATF allowed children ages 5 and above under the risk classification of modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) to go to outdoor areas.

Novero said the city will comply with the national’s directive and they are only waiting for the copy of the resolution.

“We need to follow the policy of the national IATF, but we also need the official copy of the directive,” he said.

As soon as they receive the copy, he added that children may now be allowed to go outdoors.

Novero noted that children who would go out must observe strict health protocols such as wearing face masks, face shields and observe social distancing.

“The children will be safe to go out as long as they will follow the health protocols. They should be accompanied by adults,” Novero said.

Roque earlier said children can only go to outdoor areas such as parks, playgrounds, beaches, biking and hiking trails, outdoor tourist sites and attractions as may be defined by the Department of Tourism, including on outdoor non-contact sports courts and venues, and al-fresco dining establishments.

He said mixed-use indoor or outdoor buildings and facilities like malls and similar establishments are not included in the allowed outdoor areas for children.