With the improved coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) health situation in the country, the National Capital Region (NCR) may likely be downgraded from alert level 3 to alert level 2, in November, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said on Thursday, Oct. 28.
In a GMA News report, Malaya pointed out the steady dip in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila for two weeks by 48 percent as one of the reasons for the possible relaxed health protocol restrictions in NCR.
The DILG spokesperson noted that the Department of Health (DOH) and the data analytics team of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) have the power to decide on what alert level should Metro Manila be placed.
The IATF is set to have a meeting on Oct. 28 to discuss the designation of the alert levels.
“There’s a meeting actually today of the IATF to make those decisions,” he added.
Under alert level 2, Malaya said establishments will be allowed to operate indoors at 50 percent capacity with additional 10 percent capacity if they are issued with safety seals.
Alfresco or outdoor dining will be allowed 70 percent operational capacity under alert level 2.
Malaya said that IATF is also considering allowing minors who are accompanied by their parents inside malls.
At present, Metro Manila is under alert level 3 until Oct. 31 which began on Oct. 16. (Chito A. Chavez)