Limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in areas at low risk for Covid-19 will continue, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Wednesday.

In a press briefing, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the F2F classes would be allowed to continue unless local government units passed resolutions disallowing them.

Malaluan added that the expansion of F2F classes had been postponed, in accordance with the Department of Health’s (DOH) recommendation.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the DepEd had completed its pilot study on the limited F2F classes.

“Fina-finalize na namin, although within the framework of the general instructions of the president, we can already make decisions in consultation with the [DOH],” Briones said.

The DepEd earlier suspended the limited F2F classes in Metro Manila schools amid increasing Covid-19 cases in the region.

The latest surge prompted the government to raise Alert Level 3, which imposed additional restrictions on mobility. The DepEd said F2F classes would be allowed once Metro Manila reverts to Alert Level 2.

Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15, 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro