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SPIC AND SPAN A staff of a fitness gym at the Radiance Manila Bay in Pasay City disinfects exercise equipment in preparation for its reopening on June 16, 2021. The Inter-Agency Task Force has allowed gyms and other fitness centers to reopen at 30 percent capacity in areas under GCQ and MGCQ. These include Metro Manila and nearby areas in the NCR Plus. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA
Senior citizens who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) living in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) areas can now go outside their homes as long as they bring with them their vaccination cards.
Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said on Friday the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decided to ease restrictions on the movements of the elderly during the meeting on Thursday.
“The movement of fully vaccinated seniors is, however, limited to travel within their zone as interzonal travel is still prohibited, except for point-to-point travel that was previously allowed,” Roque said.
Prominent lawyer Romulo Macalintal had urged the government to give fully vaccinated senior citizens the “special privilege.”
The elderly are second in line only to frontline health care workers in vaccination priority.
As of June 6, almost 6 million Covid-19 shots have been administered to frontline health care workers who make up the A1 group, senior citizens (A2), persons with comorbidities (A3), and economic and government frontliners (A4).
A total of 4,386,467 Filipinos have received the first Covid dose and 1,520,651 have received the second dose.
The Department of Health has urged vaccinated senior citizens to continue following minimum health standards when going out of the house once restrictions against them lapse on June 16.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that while vaccinated seniors citizens are now allowed to leave their residences, they should continue wearing face masks and face shields, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding crowded areas and enclosed spaces.
The IATF also amended the guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals who are leaving the Philippines.
Beginning June 16, outgoing travelers must present their vaccination cards certified by the Department of Information and Communications Technology or the city health officer of the local government unit that administered the last dose for full vaccination, Roque said.
It also allowed the reopening of indoor non-contact sports venues, including gyms, fitness studios, skating rinks and racket sports courts in the NCR Plus.
Roque said only the establishments with Safety Seal Certification will be allowed to reopen at 30 percent venue capacity.
Also allowed to reopen at 20 percent capacity are historical sites and museums.
The NCR Plus – the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal – is in GCQ until June 15. Movement is limited to essential travel; indoor dining services are allowed only at 30 percent of the venue capacity while religious gatherings are allowed at 30-percent capacity.
On Thursday, Roque said the NCR Plus might shift to a more relaxed GCQ following the improving Covid-19 situation in the area.
WITH RED MENDOZA AND KEITH CALAYAG