DILG: Easing of age, travel restrictions subject to LGU’s regulations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — Easing restrictions on the movement of more people is still contingent upon regulations of local governments, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Saturday.

DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya said in a briefing it is better for the public to await official guidelines on travel between areas under different community quarantine classifications, which would include areas that require travel authority for non-work-related trips.

“Para hindi po magkalituhan (To avoid confusion), I would advise the public to wait for the official announcement from the Joint Task Force Covid and the DILG bago sila bumyahe para hindi sila maabala (before they travel, so they would not be inconvenienced).”

On Friday, the country’s coronavirus task force, through a resolution, allowed travel between areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine for any purpose, “subject to the reasonable regulations imposed by the LGU concerned.” 

Malaya said the DILG and the Joint Task Force COVID Shield were set to consult with the LGUs Saturday as to what constitutes “reasonable regulations.”

Previously, the government strictly enforced restrictions on “interzonal movement,” limiting travel to people going to work, and returning back home.

Also on Friday, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the policy-making body in the government’s coronavirus response, announced that people aged 15 to 65 are now allowed to go out. Previous rules ordered those under 21 years old and above 60 to stay home except for work and accessing basic needs.

But local government units have the “authority to impose” their own age-based restrictions depending on their situation, Malaya said.