IATF allows kids aged 5 and up to go outdoors in GCQ, MGCQ areas

For the first time since the community quarantine started last March 2020, the government's pandemic task force has finally allowed children aged five and above to go outdoors in selected areas in the country.

In a statement released today (July 9), Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has permitted children at least five years old to go outside of their homes in areas under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and GCQ as long as their place is not under heightened restrictions like Cavite and Laguna.

According to Roque, the public places where children may be allowed to go are the following:



Biking and hiking trails

Outdoor tourist sites and attractions as may be defined by the Department of Tourism (DOT)

Outdoor non-contact sports courts and venues

Al-fresco dining establishments

However, kids are still prohibited to enter buildings or facilities like malls even if they also have outdoor areas.

In addition, children must be accompanied by adults or their guardians to ensure practice of public health protocols such as proper wearing of masks and social distancing.

Age restrictions may be adjusted by the IATF depending on the COVID-19 situation that may arise.

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