The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has decided to ease restrictions on some alert levels under the government’s new coronavirus (COVID-19) response system, particularly those in gyms and face-to-face classes.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the announcement after President Duterte ordered the nationwide implementation of the Alert Levels System (ALS) that was first piloted in the National Capital Region (NCR) in September this year.
In a statement, Roque said the IATF has approved the recommendation to allow group activities for fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports in areas under alert level 2.
The IATF also adopted the proposed guidelines for the limited face-to-face training and assessment program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
According to Roque, TESDA is now allowed to conduct training and assessment from 50 percent to 100 percent venue capacity, subject to minimum public health standards in areas under alert levels 4 to 1.
On the other hand, face-to-face activities remain prohibited under alert level 5–the most stringent alert level
Metro Manila is under alert level 2 until November 21, 2021.
Meanwhile, President Duterte on Thursday approved the nationwide rollout of the COVID-19 alert system following its pilot testing in Metro Manila.
The pilot areas in which the ALS is already being carried out will be considered part of the first phase of the nationwide implementation. Other regions will follow in succeeding phases:
- Phase 1: NCR, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Northern Mindanao, and Davao Region
- Phase 2: Ilocos Region, Eastern Visayas, and Soccsksargen
- Phase 3: Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, and Zamboanga Peninsula
- Phase 4: Cordillera Administrative Region, Mimaropa, Caraga Region, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)