Malacañang on Friday urged parents to keep their children away from crowded and closed areas amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a virtual presser, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said the country’s public health protocols covered all age groups.

“Para sa mga menor de edad…na hindi naman makapagsuot ng face mask, dapat automatic na po para sa ating lahat – maging magulang, guardian, tayong mga adults – nasa responsibility na siguro natin iyan,” Nograles said.

“‘Pag crowded area, ‘pag kasama sa 3Cs (closed, crowded and close-contact areas) lalo pa pong importante na naka-minimum public health standards po tayo tulad ng pagsuot ng face mask,” he added.

Nograles said parents should not bring their children with them in the 3Cs if they could not have them wear face masks.

He also urged establishments to deny entry to those not wearing masks.

“Private or public establishments – ‘pag hindi naka-face mask, kasama mga bata diyan, huwag na lang po natin papasukin. Authority ninyo na po ‘yan, that is part and parcel of your responsibility and obligation na rin,” he said.

The Philippine government has been gradually reopening more establishments as part of its shift to the alert level system. John Ezekiel J. Hirro