The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has eased the age-based restrictions for areas placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting on February 1, 2021.
Children under 10 years old and senior citizens over 65 are still required to remain in their residence at all times.
The entire island of Cebu — Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City — are still placed under MGCQ and are enjoined to adopt the same relaxation of age-restrictions.
Local government units (LGUs) may be implementing special health protocols depending on the community-level situation. For areas in Cebu Province and Lapu-Lapu City, there’s no age limit restriction as kids and seniors can join the whole family when staying in a resort or hotel, or dining in. For areas in Cebu City and Mandaue City, kids and seniors are still not allowed.
On the other hand, the IATF amended its earlier resolution, IATF Resolution No 92, on all foreign travelers covered by travel restrictions because of the new COVID-19 variants by specifying those exempted, such as foreign nationals with valid visas, which include personnel of accredited international organizations, and spouse and minor children of Filipino citizens traveling with them.
Those who arrive for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts, if any, are now subject to applicable testing and quarantine protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH).
From the strict observation of an absolute fourteen (14) day facility-based quarantine period for Filipino citizens coming from areas where travel restrictions are in place, the IATF amended this to prescribed testing and quarantine protocols.
Further, Filipino citizens arriving for highly exceptional and/or medical reasons and local diplomats are now subject to applicable quarantine protocols as prescribed by the DOH.
On testing and quarantine protocols for passengers coming from, or transiting through, countries where travel restrictions are in place due to new COVID-19 variants, these incoming passengers shall be tested upon arrival and shall be quarantined until the result of the subsequent test administered on the fifth day is released.
Also amended were sections related to hotels or accommodation establishments on the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines as proposed by the Department of Tourism.
Read the full IATF Resolution No. 95 here: