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LIVE UPDATES: Restrictions are Easing for Travel, Malls, Churches

Here's how it will change how you move.
by Joel Guinto
Oct 16, 2020

(Here's news you can use in one stream. This is reportr's live coverage of quarantine rules that are slowly being rolled back. Check back for updates -- editor)

Oct. 23, 2020

Filipinos heading out of the country can skip the negative antigen test before they board the plane. Read full story here.

Areas under general community quarantine can have religious gatherings up to a third of the venue's capacity. Read full story here.

The pilot run of motorcycle taxis will resume, upon approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19. It covers rivals Angkas and Joyride. Read full story here.

Some foreign nationals can enter the Philippines starting Nov.1., subject to visa requirements. Read full story here.

Oct. 19, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs released an updated list of countries that accept travelers from the Philippines, subject to requirements during the pandemic. Read full story here.

Curfew hours in Metro Manila will be shortened to four hours, from 12 midnight to 4 a.m., from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. previously, according to Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who heads the Metro Manila Council. Read full story here.

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In the City of Manila, churches and mosques are allowed to increase the number of people they allow inside, up to 30% of the venue's capacity from 10% previously. Read full story here.

Oct. 18, 2020

Starting Monday, Oct. 19, more commuters will be allowed to ride the MRT, LRT and PNR, up to 30% capacity, which will be increased further to 50%, the Department of Transportation said. Authorities reminded the public to obey the seven commandments of safe commuting. Read full story here.

Oct. 16, 2020

The Philippines on Friday announced a host of looser quarantines, with the aim of allowing more people to move and more businesses to resume in the run-up to the Christmas holidays. Here's what you need to know:

You can travel aboard starting Oct. 21, for leisure.

Travel goals that got cancelled due to the COVID-pandemic can resume, subject to health protocols. and new rules including a round-trip ticket and travel insurance. Read full story here.

You can cross between GCQ and MGCQ.

For all purposes, even if you are not considered an authorized person outside of residence or APOR. This is in line with the resumption of provincial bus routes. For those stranded outside their home provinces, this is a chance to come home easier. Read full story here.

Shopping mall sales can return.

Just be sure to wear your face mask and face shield and fill out those contact-tracing forms. Read full story here.

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More people can go outside their homes for errands.

The age bracket for people running errands was widened to 15 to 65, from 21 to 60 previously. Read full story here

October saw the start of less strict quarantines.

The Philippines is slowly unwinding restrictions that have been in place since March. Starting October -- restaurants can operate for 24 hourshotels can offer staycation packages, and commuters can be spaced one seat apart in public transport instead of one meter.

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