STARTING February 1, children aged 10 to 14 may now go out of their residences [legally] as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases eased the age restrictions in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque hinted that such a decision was essential to help stimulate economic activity in the country.
“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the recommendation to relax age-based restrictions for areas placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) beginning February 1, 2021,” Roque said.
“Local government units (LGUs), on the other hand, are enjoined to adopt the same relaxation of age-restrictions for areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ),” Roque added.
Existing rules allow people aged 15 to 65 years old to leave their homes. Meanwhile, those covered by the age restrictions could only go out of their homes to access essential items and services.
“Any person below ten (10) years old and those who are over sixty-five (65) years of age shall be required to remain in their residence at all times,” the official said.