The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases has placed Metro Manila under Alert Level 2, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. announced on Thursday night.

The new alert level took effect on Friday, Nov. 5, and will last until Nov. 21.

Under Alert Level 2, intrazonal and interzonal movements are allowed.

The following are also allowed to operate, or be undertaken at a maximum of 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 70 percent outdoor venue capacity provided that workers of the said establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19:

  • Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE)
  • Permitted venues for social events (parties, wedding receptions, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers)
  • Visitor or tourist attractions (libraries, museums, galleries, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints)
  • Amusement parks or theme parks
  • Recreational venues (internet cafes, billiard halls, arcades, bowling alleys, swimming pools, and similar venues)
  • Cinemas and movie houses
  • Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education subject to prior approval of the Office of the President
  • Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training
  • In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, and funerals for Covid-19 cremains and non-Covid-19 deaths
  • Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations and authorized specialty examinations
  • Dine-in services of food preparation establishments
  • Personal care establishments such as barbershops, spas, salons, and other similar procedures, including home service options
  • Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for individual non-contact exercise and sports
  • Film, music, and television production
  • Contact sports approved by the LGU
  • Funfairs/peryas or kid amusement industries (playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides)
  • Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences (karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters)
  • Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household

According to the OCTA Research Team, Metro Manila’s Covid-19 numbers had returned to figures logged in June and July this year.

Metro Manila has recorded over 853,000 Covid-19 cases as of Nov. 4, with 7,191 active. John Ezekiel J. Hirro