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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

IATF Finalizes New "Alert Level" Community Quarantine System


Two days before the National Capital Region (NCR) pilot tests the government’s new Alert Level quarantine system, the IATF has released the guidelines that will take effect from Thursday, September 16 to Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Under the new Alert Level system, the IATF will be going away with the current ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ system. Instead, there will be two general classifications—GCQ and ECQ. GCQ will have Alert Levels 1 to 4, while ECQ will now be known as Alert Level 5.

For September 16, Metro Manila will be placed in Alert Level 4 which is very similar to the current MECQ except it allows more industries, particularly personal care services to open, while also giving fully vaccinated people more freedom.

Check out the IATF’s approved Alert Level systems below:

Alert Level 1:
  • Age Restrictions: None, subject to LGU rules.
  • Interzonal Travel Restrictions: None, subjected to LGU rules.
  • Exercise: Allowed.
  • Prohibited Establishments / Activities: None.
  • Dining In Restaurants: Fully operational.
  • Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail and Hair Spas: Full operational.
  • Religious Gatherings: Fully operational.
  • Government Offices: Fully operational.
  • Others: Fully operational.
Alert Level 2:
  • Age Restrictions: None, subject to LGU rules.
  • Interzonal Travel Restrictions: None, subject to LGU rules.
  • Exercise: Allowed.
  • Prohibited Establishments / Activities: None.
  • Dining In Restaurants: 50 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal.
  • Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail and Hair Spas: 50 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal.
  • Religious Gatherings: 50 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal.
  • Government Offices: 50 percent on-site capacity
  • Others: 50 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal for cinemas, theaters, concert halls, karaoke bars, playgrounds. All other industries allowed at full capacity.
Alert Level 3:
  • Age Restrictions: None, subject to LGU rules.
  • Interzonal Travel Restrictions: None, subject to LGU rules.
  • Exercise: Allowed.
  • Prohibited Establishments / Activities: Cinemas, karaoke bars, theaters, indoor and outdoor theme parks playgrounds, kiddie rides.
  • Dining In Restaurants: 30 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal.
  • Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail and Hair Spas: 30 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal.
  • Religious Gatherings: 30 percent capacity (10 percent indoor only for fully-vaccinated, religious minister must be fully-vaccinated), +10 percent if with Safety Seal.
  • Government Offices: 30 percent on-site capacity.
  • Others: 30 percent capacity, +10 percent if with Safety Seal for gyms, tourist attractions, libraries, museums, casinos, concerts, parties, wedding receptions, family reunions, motorcades. All other industries allowed at full capacity.
Alert Level 4:
  • Age Restrictions: 18-65 only (those with comorbidities, pregnant must stay home)
  • Interzonal Travel Restrictions: Except for persons with stay-at-home orders
  • Exercise: Allowed (near residence only)
  • Prohibited Establishments / Activities: Indoor tourist attractions, meeting venues, indoor face-to-face exams, indoor gyms and courts, contact sports, swimming pools, outdoor and indoor amusement parks, internet cafes, arcades/billiard halls, cinemas, casinos, parties, wedding receptions, motorcades, derma clinics, make-up salons, massage, tattooing, staycations.
  • Dining In Restaurants: 30 percent for al fresco, 10 percent for indoor (must be fully-vaccinated), all employees must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail and Hair Spas: 30 percent capacity for outdoor (10 percent indoor only for fully-vaccinated, all employees must be fully-vaccinated).
  • Religious Gatherings: 30 percent capacity (10 percent indoor only for fully-vaccinated, religious minister must be fully-vaccinated)
  • Government Offices: 20 percent on-site capacity
  • Others: All other establishments not listed as prohibited allowed at 100 percent capacity with minimum public health standards.
Alert Level 5:
  • Age Restrictions: 18-65 only (those with comorbidities, pregnant must stay home)
  • Interzonal Travel Restrictions: APORs only
  • Exercise: Not allowed.
  • Prohibited Establishments / Activities: All except for essential industries and establishments like hospitals, groceries, export-oriented businesses, vets, pharmacies, public transport, etc.
  • Dining In Restaurants: Take-out and delivery only.
  • Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail and Hair Spas: Not allowed.
  • Religious Gatherings: Virtual only.
  • Government Offices: Skeletal.
  • Others: No other activities allowed.

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