MMDA reiterates: Minors still not allowed in restos, malls for leisure activities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — Children below 18 years old are still not allowed to enter restaurants and shopping malls for leisure activities in areas under Alert Level 3, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority reiterated Wednesday.

"I don't think it is allowed," Abalos told CNN Philippines' The Source when asked if teenagers can freely roam around these establishments.

Abalos stressed that minors can only enter malls if they need to avail of essential services or goods.

"If you are going to a dentist or probably a clinic and that clinic is within the mall, you might probably be allowed," he said.

On Tuesday, the MMDA issued Resolution 21-24 which states that "those below eighteen (18) years of age, and those belonging to the vulnerable population, shall be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices in accordance with existing labor laws, rules and regulations."

The resolution also said individual outdoor exercises for all ages are now allowed regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status.

But Abalos stressed that minors should always be accompanied by parents or an adult guardian regardless of vaccination status.

MMDA Resolution No. 21-24 states, "The intrazonal and interzonal travel of persons below eighteen (18) years old shall be allowed provided that these persons shall be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian at all times."

If minors are seen outside with no adult companion, Abalos said authorities will accost them and escort them back to their homes.

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Metro Manila eased into Alert Level 3 on Oct. 16 and this will stay in place until the end of the month. Other areas that were also placed under Alert Level 3 from Oct. 20 to 31 are: Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Siquijor, Davao City, and Davao del Norte.

READ: Govt to implement alert level system in some provinces starting Oct. 20