DOH bats review of policy allowing children outdoors amid Delta variant threat

Published July 17, 2021, 2:45 PM

by Analou de Vera

KIDS swim at the famous beach front in Boracay Island when the country’s most famous beach destination reopened to local tourists last October. (Tara Yap)

The Department of Health (DOH) said a review should be conducted with regards to the government’s policy on allowing children outdoors in select areas amid the detection of 11 local cases of Delta variant in the country.

“Kailangan po natin pag-aralan of course, because there is another factor that has to be considered kung saan nakadetect tayo ng Delta variant (We need to study that of course, because there is another factor that has to be considered following the detection of Delta variant cases),” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday, July 17.

Vergeire, meanwhile, underscored that the said policy has “safeguards.”

Related story: DOH reminds parents to supervise children when outdoors

“Katulad ng lagi nating sinasabi, kapag tayo ay nagkakaroon ng easing of restrictions, there are safeguards in place. So, kailangan lang talaga —-let us all follow safety protocols so that we can be protected (As we always say, when we have easing of restrictions, there are safeguards in place. So, we just really need —- to follow safety protocols so that we can be protected),” she noted.

“Itong mga restrictions na ito, pag-uusapan po iyan lahat and we will be monitoring closely and continuously assess para makakapagrekomenda tayo sa IATF [Interagency Task Force] (These restrictions, we will discuss them all and we will monitor closely and continuously assess so that we can make a recommendation to the IATF),” she added.

Last July 9, the government’s pandemic task force allowed children aged five and above to go outdoors in areas under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and GCQ.

Related story: Kids aged 5 and up allowed outdoors in GCQ, MGCQ areas

 
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