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Malacañang allows kids 5 years and older to get out of homes

10 July 2021

By The SUN 

Kids will be allowed to go outdoors, such as on biking trails, but not inside malls

Children in the Philippines aged 5 and older will be allowed outdoors again, in a move by the government to relax pandemic protocols in areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine.

The new policy was announced by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Friday, July 9, following a meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 the previous night.


Roque said the children can go to outdoor eateries, tourist sites, beaches, biking and hiking trails and playgrounds. But they can’t go to outdoor areas in malls that are considered mixed-use indoor/outdoor establishments.

This is the first time in more than a year that the country’s children are being allowed to leave their houses. About a month ago, fully vaccinated seniors were also allowed to venture out of their homes for the first time.

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The new policy covers areas under GCQ and MGCQ, with the exemption of places under “GCQ with heightened restrictions,” Roque clarified.

The new policy means children in 28 of the 30 GCQ areas this month including Metro Manila, Bulacan and Rizal will be allowed to go out of their homes which are under GCQ with some restrictions.

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However, children in Cavite and Laguna will still have to stay indoors as these provinces are under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

Malls, whether inside or outside, are still off-limits to kids 5 years and older

Malls, even those with outdoor areas are still off-limits, as these are considered mixed-use indoor/outdoor establishments, said Roque.


The children will have to be supervised by adults when in outdoor areas, must wear masks and observe physical distancing, Roque said.

He said local governments have been empowered to modify the age range of children who can go to outdoor public places as dictated by the Covid-19 situation in their localities.

The decision to lift movement restrictions for children is part of the government’s bid to further stir economic activity. So far, more than 1.5 million cases of Covid-19 infections have been reported across the country, with 25,720 related deaths.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez previously said that a big chunk of economic activity in commercial establishments is driven by families with young children.

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