Cavite will remain under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, the most lenient government pandemic restriction, until the end of April.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on April 22 released a resolution classifying the alert level in several areas effective from April 15 to April 30, 2023.
Aside from Cavite, Metro Manila and 55 other provinces will also retain their COVID-19 Alert Level 1 status during the said period.
Under this alert level, intrazonal and interzonal travel is allowed with no restrictions based on age and co-morbidities. All establishments, persons, or activities, are permitted to operate, work, or be undertaken at full capacity.
Meanwhile, the IATF said COVID-19 Alert Level 2 is in effect over the following areas until April 30:
- Quezon Province
- Camarines Norte
- Negros Occidental
- Cebu Province
- Negros Oriental
- Western Samar
- Lanao del Norte
- Davao de Oro
- Davao del Norte
- Davao del Sur
- Davao Occidental
- North Cotabato
- Sultan Kudarat
- Dinagat Islands
Areas placed under Alert Level 2, on the other hand, are mandated to implement restrictions such as a 50 percent capacity in establishments indoors for fully vaccinated adults and a 70 percent capacity outdoors.
The Department of Health (DOH), however, clarified that these areas were not escalated from Alert Level 1, “rather, these have maintained their Alert Level 2 status since June 2022.”
“While these areas have reached low-risk classifications for cases and utilization rates, these have vaccination rates lower than 70 percent of the target total and population and/or 70% of the total A2 population (senior citizens),” said the DOH.
“Meeting these targets will allow these areas to be de-escalated to Alert Level 1. Also, no province or city has been escalated to Alert Level 2 from Alert Level 1 since January 2023,” it added.
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