COVID Alert Level 3: Quick Guide on Do's and Don'ts

Published October 18, 2021, 1:48 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

As Metro Manila is now under Alert Level 3 of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts being piloted in the region until October 31, here is a quick rundown of the basic dos and don’t under this classification.

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Based on the latest guidelines released by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, intrazonal and interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities, as may be determined by the local government units (LGUs).

Minors and persons belonging to the vulnerable population shall be allowed to leave their homes to obtain essential goods and services, or to go to work in permitted industries.

Individual outdoor exercises are also allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities and vaccination status.

Not allowed

Under Alert Level 3, face-to-face classes for basic education except those previously allowed by the IATF or Office of the President cannot be conducted.

Except for those conducted under a bubble-type setup, contact sports are also not allowed under this classification.

Funfairs or “peryas” and kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playrooms, and kiddie rides shall also remain closed.

Still not allowed are venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters.

The operation of casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments remain prohibited except those that may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President.

The gathering in residences of individuals who do not belong to the same household is also not allowed.


The following establishments or activities shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at a maximum of 30 percent indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity:

  • Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions
  • Permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers
  • Visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, or scenic viewpoints or overlooks
  • Amusement parks or theme parks
  • Recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, or swimming pools
  • Cinema and movie houses
  • Limited face-to-face classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training
  • In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased
  • Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations and specialty examinations approved by the IATF
  • Dine-in services in food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries
  • Personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, and nail spas, and those offering aesthetic/cosmetic services or procedures, make-up services, salons, spas, reflexology, and other similar procedures including home service options
  • Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports
  • Film, music, and television production

Government work

Meanwhile, agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain to be fully operational and shall adhere to at least 30 percent on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements.