“After months of being confined inside their houses, we saw the need to give minors a chance to go out and get some fresh air in outdoor areas that are deemed safe,” Mayor Joy Belmontesaid in a memorandum released on Sunday, July 11.
The move is in accordance with UNICEF Philippines’ call to local governments to allow children to play and conduct sports and exercise in outdoor areas, to promote their physical and mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, added Belmonte.
Child-friendly safe zones in Quezon City
Children who will enter the safe zones must be accompanied by a fully-vaccinated adult — this means the parent or guardian has completed the prescribed number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for at least two weeks.
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“The adult guardian should be able to present the vaccination card and any (government-issued) ID upon request,” said Belmonte.
Kids are allowed non-contact activities like outdoor play, games, sports, exercise, outdoor swimming, or other leisure activities. They are also allowed al fresco dining provided they are with a fully-vaccinated guardian.
The 19 child-friendly safe zones include:
Quezon Memorial Circle
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
Quezon City Hall Urban Farming Area
Project 6 Park
Project 4 Park
Hayaville II Park
Blue Ridge B Park
Mira Nila Park
CP Garcia Park
Zone administrators will be assigned to each area, who will determine the reasonable capacity plus strictly enforce health protocols.
As of now, there are only 19 safety zones, but representatives of other parks and other suitable outdoor areas like swimming pools, tourist sites, al fresco dining, or open air areas in malls and commercial establishments may apply for a permit with the Quezon City Business Permits Licensing Department.
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