Families gathered in various public places in Metro Manila during the first weekend of Alert Level 3 in the capital region. But authorities reminded people there are still guidelines restricting the movement of minors.
Scenes at many pasyalans in NCR felt like we were back to the pre-pandemic era. Physical distancing and age restrictions took a bit of a backseat as many saw the downgraded alert status as a chance to finally have some family time outdoors.
Here are photos from the Dolomite Beach area show families enjoying the new attraction and children dipping their toes in the water and artificial white sand.
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Photos and videos araound Bonifacio Global City where streets were filled with people also circulated online. In the comments section, many people worried that people were feeling complacent yet again.
In a mall in Marikina City, the arcades' of colorful lights lit up once again, and patrons got to play their favorite games after over a year of being shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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As per the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force, minors and persons with comorbidities can only go outside when buying essential goods, availing essential services, work, or exercise. (Read the full guidelines here)
Given the situation this past weekend, the Metro Manila Council announced that a more specific guideline detailing where minors can and cannot go will be released Monday, October 18, 2021.
In an interview on ABS-CBNTeleradyo, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora also reiterated that kids below 18 years old are still prohibited inside malls and dine-in areas.
There's no denying that many of us are already facing COVID fatigue and feeling burnout from the seemingly never-ending physical distancing rule that has limited our interaction outside.
While these protocols can be emotionally draining, here's a gentle reminder to every family to keep the balance between bonding together and ensuring each family members' safety from the threat of a deadly virus.
On October 17, 2021, the Philippine Health department recorded 6,913 new COVID-19 cases with total active cases up to 81,641.
Read here to know more about how to protect your family from COVID-19.