The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases eased the age restrictions in areas under modified general community quarantine, allowing children aged 10 to 14 years old to go out beginning Feb. 1, IATF spokesman Harry Roque announced Friday.
“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the recommendation to relax age-based restrictions for areas placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) beginning February 1, 2021,” Roque said in a statement. The Trade Department earlier proposed to ease the age limit to help stimulate economic activity.
“Local government units (LGUs), on the other hand, are enjoined to adopt the same relaxation of age-restrictions for areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ),” Roque added.
Current IATF rules permit those aged 15 to 65 years old to leave their homes. Meanwhile, those covered by the age restrictions could only go out of their homes to access essential items and services.
“Any person below ten (10) years old and those who are over sixty-five (65) years of age shall be required to remain in their residence at all times,” the official said.