Some senior citizens may be allowed to leave their homes under GCQ

Published April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Noreen Jazul

Working and healthy senior citizens living in areas placed under the general community quarantine will be allowed to leave their houses, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano said.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año  (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“Magkakaroon tayo ng exemptions (We will have exemptions),” Ano told DZBB in an interview Thursday.

“Naiintindihan natin yung kalagayan ng ating mga seniors kasi yung iba diyan nag ta-trabaho pa…yung iba naman wala silang kasama, sila lang ang nasa bahay (We understand the situation of our senior citizens. We know some of them are still working…some don’t have any companions at home),” he added.

Ano said senior citizens in areas under GCQ can leave their houses to buy food, medicine, and other necessities.

Senior citizens will likewise be allowed to go to malls or establishments as long as minimum health standards will be observed.

Ano, however, noted that the senior citizens who will be exempted must have no underlying health issues or morbidities.

On the other hand, strict implementation of home quarantine will remain for all ages, except for those who are frontliners, in areas under enhanced community quarantine.