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Starting February, persons aged 10 to 65 will be allowed to go out in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the government announced on Friday.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in Emerging Infectious Diseases in Resolution No. 95 said the eased restrictions would take effect once new community quarantine classifications are imposed in February.

IATF and Palace spokesman Harry Roque said any person below 10 years old and those who are over 65 would be required to remain in their residence “at all times.”

Previously, only those aged 15 to 65 years were allowed to go out.

Local government units under the more stringent general community quarantine, meanwhile, were “enjoined to adopt the same relaxation for age-based restrictions.”

Those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities or other health risks, as well as pregnant women remain prohibited from going outside their residences.

The Philippines has recorded 509,887 Covid-19 cases as of Jan. 22. John Ezekiel J. Hirro