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IATF releases guidelines for new alert level system

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THE national government is set to pilot in the National Capital Region (NCR) the implementation of a new alert level system to implement measures aimed at controlling transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The NCR will be under Alert Level 4 beginning September 16, 2021, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday, September 14.

The Department of Health (DOH) will determine the alert level of an area based on the transmission rate, bed utilization rate and intensive care utilization (ICU) rate.

On the other hand, the implementation of granular lockdowns or micro-level quarantine for areas classified as "critical zones" will depend on the assessment of the local government units (LGU).

Here are the guidelines based on alert level:

Alert Level 1 (Low transmission, bed utilization and ICU rates)

  • People will be allowed to move except for reasonable restrictions such as in closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact settings.
  • All business establishments are allowed to operate at full capacity provided that minimum health protocols such as wearing of face shield and face masks and observance of physical distancing are being followed.
  • Policies mentioned do not apply to areas under granular lockdown.


Alert Level 2 (Low transmission, bed utilization and ICU rates but case counts increasing or case counts low but health utilization increases)
  • People will be allowed to move except for reasonable restrictions such as in closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact settings
  • Intrazonal and interzonal travel may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination
  • Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status
  • Business establishments with Safety Seal Certifications will be allowed to operate at an additional ten (10) percentage points beyond the prescribed on-site or venue/seating capacity
  • Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain to be fully operational with at least 50 percent on-site capacity while other may work-from-home and apply for other flexible work arrangements
  • The following business and activities will be allowed at a maximum of 50 percent venue capacity
o Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits;

o Indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE);

o Indoor entertainment venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas;

o Amusement parks or theme parks, funfairs, kid amusement, industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides;

o Indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues;

o Indoor limited face to face or in-person classes, examinations, and other education-related activities at all levels;

o Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments;

o In-person religious gatherings;

o Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19;

o Social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one's immediate household;

o Indoor dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries;

o Indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools;

o Personal care services. It also includes establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, and similar services.

Alert Level 3 (Increasing transmission, bed utilization and ICU rates)
  • Movement of persons will also be allowed except for reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities
  • People accessing essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices will be allowed
  • Intrazonal and interzonal travel may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination
  • Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status
  • All entertainment and recreational businesses and activities are not allowed
  • Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain to be fully operational with at least 30 percent on-site capacity while other may work-from-home and apply for other flexible work arrangements
  • The following business and activities will be allowed at a maximum of 50 percent venue capacity
o Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits;

o Indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE);

o Indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls,

o amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues,

o Indoor face to face or in-person examinations approved by the IATF;

o Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments;

o In-person religious gatherings;

o Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals fo those who died of causes other than COVID-19;

o Social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, motorcades, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one's immediate household;

o Indoor dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries;

o Indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools;

o Personal care services which include beauty salons, beauty parlors, medical aesthetic clinics, cosmetic or derma clinics, make-up salons, nail spas, reflexology, aesthetics, wellness, and holistic centers, and other similar establishments; acupuncture and electrocautery establishments, and massage therapy including sports therapy establishments. It also includes establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, and similar services.

Alert Level 4 (High and/or increasing transmission, bed utilization and ICU rates)
  • Persons below 18 and over 65 years old, those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women are required to stay at home unless they will access essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices
  • Intrazonal and interzonal travel for persons not otherwise required to remain at their residences may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination
  • Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status but shall be limited within the general area of residence
  • Outdoor or al fresco dine-in services in restaurants and eateries shall be allowed at a maximum of 30 percent seating capacity regardless of vaccination status.
  • Indoor dine-in services may be allowed at a limited 10 percent eating capacity but will cater only to individuals fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor or al fresco capacity. Their workers must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Personal care services limited to barbershops, hair spas, nail spas, and beauty salons shall be allowed at a maximum of 30 percent venue capacity if such services are conducted outdoors regardless of vaccination status. These establishments are allowed to operate at a limited 1- percent indoor venue capacity but limited to individuals who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor capacities
  • Government agencies will operate at least 20 percent capacity while applying work from home arrangements
  • On-site outdoor religious gatherings allowed at maximum of 30 percent venue capacity regardless of vaccination status. Indoor religious gatherings allowed at a limited 10 percent venue capacity but may accommodate only individuals including prayer leaders, priests imams, ministers and altar assistants who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor capacities
  • Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 shall be allowed, provided that the same shall be limited to immediate family members, upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and with full compliance with the prescribed minimum public health standards.
  • The following arrangements and establishments are also prohibited:
o Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits;

o Indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE);

o Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, and venues with live

o performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters;

o Outdoor and indoor amusement parks or theme parks, funfairs/peryas, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides;

o Indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues;

o Indoor limited face to face or in-person classes, examinations, and other education-related activities at all levels, except those previously approved by the IATF and/or of the Office of the President;

o Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments except as may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President;

o Social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, parades, processions, motorcades, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one's immediate household;

o Indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools;

o All contact sports, except those conducted under a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, and approved by the LGU where such games shall be held;

o Personal care services, which include medical aesthetic clinics, cosmetic or derma clinics, make-up salons, reflexology, aesthetics, wellness, and holistic centers, and other similar establishments; acupuncture and electrocautery establishments, and massage therapy including sports therapy establishments. It also includes establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, and similar services. Home service for these activities are likewise not permitted; and

o Specialized markets of the Department of Tourism such as Staycations.
  • Business establishment not mentioned prohibited are allowed to operate at 100 percent on-site venue capacity, provided they implement the minimum public health standards
  • Measures does not apply in areas under granular lockdown
Alert Level 5 (Critical case transmission, bed utilization and ICU rates)

Measures under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) are applicable for this alert level. (SunStar Philippines)

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