Cinemas, theme parks at limited capacity: What to expect under Alert Level 3

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13)— Amid calls for eased COVID-19 restrictions, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Wednesday announced that Metro Manila will shift to Alert Level 3 from Oct. 16 to 31.

Here's a list of establishments and activities allowed and prohibited under this status, according to the latest guidelines published by the IATF.

Establishments, activities allowed

Capacity: Maximum of 30% indoor venue for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50% outdoor venue

- Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions;

- Permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers;

- Visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, and the like;

- Amusement parks or theme parks;

- Recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, and similar venues;

- Cinemas and movie houses;

- Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training;

- In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased;

- Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations administered by their respective government agency, and specialty examinations authorized by the IATF subject to the health and safety guidelines as approved by the IATF;

- Dine-in services in food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols;

- Personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, and nail spas, and those offering aesthetic/cosmetic services or procedures, make-up services, salons, spas, reflexology, and other similar procedures including home service options, subject to the sector-specific protocols of the Trade department;

- Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols. Provided that patrons/clients and workers/employees wear face masks at all times and that no group activities are conducted; and

- Film, music, and television production, subject to the joint guidelines as may be issued by the government.

The IATF stressed that minimum health protocols should still be strictly maintained in these areas, adding that employees are also expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19. There should also be no objection from the local government units where the activities may take place, it added.

Establishments, activities not allowed

- Face to face or in-person classes for basic education, except those previously approved by the IATF and/or the Office of the President;

- Contact sports, except those conducted under a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, Games and Amusement Board, and Philippine Sports Commission, and approved by the LGU where such games shall be held;

- Funfairs/peryas and kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides;

- Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters;

- Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments except as may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President; and

- Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.

Other guidelines

Under Alert Level 3, intrazonal and interzonal travel shall be allowed "subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities" as determined by local government units.

Individual outdoor exercise shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status.

Government agencies shall also remain fully operational and shall adhere to at least 30% on-site capacity alongside implementing work-from-home and flexible work arrangements.