Cavite will again face stricter quarantine restrictions as the government’s pandemic task force decided to place the province under Alert Level 3 from January 5 to 15 due to the recent surge of coronavirus infections.
Aside from Cavite, other provinces close to virus epicenter Metro Manila specifically Bulacan and Rizal will also be placed under the heightened alert status, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday.
Metro Manila has been also put under Alert Level 3 since January 3 after seeing a steady rise in coronavirus cases and detecting at least three local cases of the highly transmissibl Omicron variant.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country stays under Alert Level 2.
Who can go out
Under Alert Level 3, travel is prohibited for minors, senior citizens aged 65 and above, persons with comorbidities, and pregnant women unless for accessing essential goods and services, work, or emergencies.
Intrazonal and interzonal travel may be allowed subject to guidelines of their destination local government unit.
What establishments, activities are prohibited
Restricted establishments and activities are as follows:
- face-to-face classes in basic education
- contact sports
- fun fairs
- karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters
- horse racing, cockfighting, operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops and other gaming establishments aside from those that will be allowed by the IATF or the Office of the President
- social gatherings where individuals do not belong in the same household
What establishments, activities are allowed
On the other hand, these establishments and activities will be permitted with 30-percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50-percent outdoor capacity:
- meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions
- social events such wedding parties, engagements, debut, birthday parties
- tourist attractions including libraries
- amusement parks
- recreational venues
- in-person religious gatherings
- licensure exams
- dine-in services
- personal care services
- fitness studios, non-contact sports
- film, music, television production
All other businesses and activities not mentioned above are allowed to operate at a full capacity, except for those areas under granular lockdown.
While Cavite has already reached herd immunity according to Governor Jonvic Remulla, it has been experiencing a post-holiday spike in coronavirus infections over the past few days.
The province still has 1,340 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, January 3.