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Alert Level 3 vs Alert Level 4: What Will Change in Metro Manila?

Here's your guide.
by Arianne Merez
Oct 15, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

The COVID-19 alert level in Metro Manila will be downgraded starting Saturday, Oct. 16 which means more activities can be done such as going on staycations and to the cinemas.

From Oct. 16 to 31, the capital region will be under Alert Level 3 which is one notch lower from Alert Level 4.

Here are answers to some of your most common questions about Alert Level 3:

Who can go out?

Greater mobility is given to fully vaccinated individuals. Minors and persons with comorbidities will still be allowed to leave their homes to buy basic goods and access essential services or for work.

Individual outdoor exercises are allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status.

READ: Kids in Metro Manila Can Now Travel to GCQ, MGCQ Areas 

What are the travel rules?

Crossing borders within Metro Manila and going in and out of the capital region is allowed with restrictions to be specified by local government units of concern, the inter-agency task force on COVID-19 response said.

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Is there a curfew?

Shorter curfew hours  from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. started on Oct. 13.

What are the additional businesses allowed to operate?

The IATF revised its guidelines for Alert Level 3 to allow the following establishments, or activities, to operate or be undertaken a maximum of 30% indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50% outdoor venue capacity

1.  Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions 

2. Permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers

3. Visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, and the like

4. Amusement parks or theme parks

5. Recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, and similar venues

6. Cinemas and movie houses

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7. Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training

8. In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased

9. Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations administered by their respective government agency, and specialty examinations authorized by the IATF subject to the health and safety guidelines as approved by the IATF

Are staycations allowed?

Yes, staycations are allowed in hotels and accommodation establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism. You can view the full list here.

What are activities still prohibited?

The following industries or activities remain prohibited:

1. Face to face or in-person classes for basic education, except those previously approved by the IATF and/or the Office of the President

2. Contact sports, except those conducted under a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, Games and Amusement Board, and Philippine Sports Commission, and approved by the LGU where such games shall be held

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3. Funfairs/peryas and kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides

4. Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters

5. Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments except as may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President

6. Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.


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