Zamboanga City suspends order allowing kids to go outdoors

Published July 26, 2021, 3:02 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

AUTHORITIES remind beachgoers to observe health protocols during the second weekend implementation of an order allowing minors to go outdoors. (Zambo LGU photo)

The Zamboanga City government has suspended an order allowing children five- to 17-years-old to go outdoors.

“Due to the Delta variant, the NIATF has suspended implementation of its resolution allowing children five years and up to go outdoors,” announced the city government on social media.

The suspension takes effect Monday, July 26.

The directive allowing minors outdoors is included in Executive Order (EO) 667-2021 issued by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco last July 12.

Under Section 3, children 12- to 17-years-old may go to outdoor areas provided they are supervised by adults while five- to 11-year-old children may be allowed outdoors only on weekends.

They are also required to observe minimum public health protocols.

EO 667 2021 is an order regulating all public and private social gatherings.

The release of the executive order earlier this month led to crowded beaches and outdoor recreation centers after nearly a two-month closure during the summer due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.