Protocols for new alert level system




Here’s what you need to know about the alert level system, the new community quarantine classification that will determine the appropriate local government response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


Beginning Oct. 20, the pilot run of the alert level system is expanded to include Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and other selected areas outside Metro Manila (National Capital Region).


Based on the guidelines drawn up by the Department of Health (DOH), these are the protocols to be observed.


ALERT LEVEL 5

- Areas with alarming case counts, and critical total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate

  • These areas shall observe the guidelines applicable to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).


ALERT LEVEL 4

- Areas with high and/or increasing case counts, and high total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate

  • The following persons shall not be allowed outside of their respective residences: persons under 18 years old and over 65 years old; those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks; and pregnant women. But they may obtain essential goods and services, or go to work in permitted industries and offices.

  • Intrazonal and interzonal travel for persons not otherwise required to remain at their residences may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination.

  • Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status but shall be limited within the general area of their residence, e.g. within the barangay, purok, subdivision, and/or village. Minimum public health standards should be observed such as the wearing of face masks and physical distancing.

  • Not allowed to operate, or to be undertaken:

a. Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits;

b. Indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE);

c. Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, and venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters;

d. Outdoor and indoor amusement parks or theme parks, funfairs/peryas, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides;

e. Indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls,

amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues;

f. Indoor limited face to face or in-person classes, examinations, and other education-related activities at all levels, except those previously approved by the IATF and/or of the Office of the President;

g. 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;

h. Social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, parades, processions, motorcades, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one's immediate household;

i. Indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools;

j. All contact sports, except those conducted under a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, and approved by the LGU where such games shall be held;

k. Personal care services, which include medical aesthetic clinics, cosmetic or derma clinics, make-up salons, reflexology, aesthetics, wellness, and holistic centers, and other similar establishments; acupuncture and electrocautery establishments, and massage therapy including sports therapy establishments. It also includes establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, and similar services. Home service for these activities are likewise not permitted; and

l. Specialized markets of the Department of Tourism such as staycations.

  • Outdoor or al fresco dine-in services in restaurants and eateries shall be allowed for up to 30% venue/seating capacity regardless of vaccination status. Indoor dine-in services may be allowed at a limited 10% venue/seating capacity but will cater only to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor or al fresco capacity. All workers/employees of these establishments must have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and minimum public health standards are observed.

  • Personal care services limited to barbershops, hair spas, nail spas, and beauty salons shall be allowed at a maximum of 30% venue/seating capacity if such services are conducted outdoors regardless of vaccination status. These establishments are allowed to operate at a limited 10% indoor venue/seating capacity but may only cater to individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor capacities. Patrons/clients and service providers must wear face masks at all times. All workers/employees of these establishments are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. MPHS shall be strictly maintained.

  • In-person religious gatherings shall be allowed at a maximum of 30% venue/seating capacity if conducted outdoors regardless of vaccination status. These gatherings may be allowed at a limited 10% venue/seating capacity but may accommodate only individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor capacities. Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, or other religious ministers and the assistants of these religious congregations must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. MPHS must be strictly observed. Processions and other similar mobile religious gatherings shall not be allowed.

  • Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 shall be allowed, provided that the same shall be limited to immediate family members, upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and with full compliance with the prescribed minimum public health standards.

  • Except those located in areas covered by granular lockdowns, all other establishments, or activities not otherwise specified in Section 3(4) may be allowed to operate or be undertaken at 100% on-site or venue/seating capacity, provided they implement the minimum public health standards. However, they are encouraged to operate with a minimal on-site capacity necessary to implement full operations, while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements. For this purpose, the movement of workers of said establishments residing in areas not covered by granular lockdowns shall remain unrestricted.

  • Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain to be fully operational and shall adhere to at least 20% on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements.


ALERT LEVEL 3

- Areas with high and/or increasing case counts, and increasing total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate

  • Movement of persons shall be allowed except for reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities, as may be determined by the LGUs, which should not be stricter as those prescribed under Alert Level 4 and subject to the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of their respective RIATF. Provided, that they shall be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices.

  • Intrazonal and interzonal travel for persons not otherwise required to remain at their residences in the preceding paragraph may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination.

  • Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status.

  • Except for those located in areas under granular lockdowns, the following establishments, or activities, shall be allowed to operate, or be undertaken at a maximum of 30% on-site or venue/seating capacity. Business establishments listed hereunder that are awarded Safety Seal Certifications shall be allowed to operate at an additional ten (10) percentage points beyond the prescribed on-site or venue/seating capacity, whichever is applicable.

a. Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits;

b. Indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE);

c. Indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls,

amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues,

d. Indoor face to face or in-person examinations approved by the IATF;

e. Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and

betting shops, and other gaming establishments;

f. In-person religious gatherings;

g. Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for

those who died of causes other than COVID-19;

h. Social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, motorcades, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one's immediate household;

i. Indoor dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries;

j. Indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools;

k. Personal care services which include beauty salons, beauty parlors, medical aesthetic clinics, cosmetic or derma clinics, make-up salons, nail spas, reflexology, aesthetics, wellness, and holistic centers, and other similar establishments; acupuncture and electrocautery establishments, and massage therapy including sports therapy establishments. It also includes establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, and similar services.

  • The operations of (i) indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, and venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters, and (ii) outdoor and indoor amusement parks or theme parks, fun fairs/peryas, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides shall remain to be prohibited.

  • All other establishments, or activities in areas not covered by granular lockdowns may be allowed to operate or be undertaken at 100% on-site or venue/seating capacity, as the case may be, provided they implement minimum public health standards. As such, the movement of persons residing in areas not covered by granular lockdowns working in allowed establishments/activities remains unrestricted. However, they are encouraged to operate with a minimal on-site capacity necessary to implement full operations, while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements. For this purpose, the movement of workers of said establishments residing in areas not covered by granular lockdowns shall remain unrestricted.

  • Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain to be fully operational and shall adhere to at least 30% on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements.


ALERT LEVEL 2

- Areas with low and decreasing cases and low healthcare utilization, or low but increasing case counts, or low and decreasing case counts but increasing total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate.


  • Movement of persons shall be allowed except for reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities, as may be determined by the LGUs and subject to the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of their respective RIATF. They shall be allowed to obtain essential goods and services, or go to work in permitted industries and offices.

  • Intrazonal and interzonal travel for persons not otherwise required to stay at home may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination.

  • Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status.

  • Except those located in areas under granular lockdowns, the following establishments, persons, or activities shall be allowed to operate, work, or be undertaken at a maximum of 50% on-site or venue/seating capacity. Those with Safety Seal Certifications may operate at an additional 10 percentage points beyond the prescribed on-site or venue/seating capacity:

a. Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits;

b. Indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE);

c. Indoor entertainment venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas;

d. Amusement parks or theme parks, funfairs/peryas, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides;

e. Indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls,

amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues;

f. Indoor limited face to face or in-person classes, examinations, and other education-related activities at all levels;

g. Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments;

h. In-person religious gatherings;

i. Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19;

j. Social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one's immediate household;

k. Indoor dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries;

l. Indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools;

m. Personal care services which include beauty salons, beauty parlors, medical aesthetic clinics, cosmetic or derma clinics, make-up salons, nail spas, reflexology, aesthetics, wellness, and holistic centers, and other similar establishments; acupuncture and electrocautery establishments, and massage therapy including sports therapy establishments. It also includes establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, and similar services.

  • All other establishments, persons, or activities in areas not covered by granular lockdowns and which are not otherwise specified in Section 5(4) may operate at 100% on-site or venue/seating capacity, as the case may be, provided they implement minimum public health standards. As such, the movement of persons residing in areas not covered by granular lockdowns working in allowed establishments/activities remains unrestricted. However, they are encouraged to operate with a minimal on-site capacity necessary to implement full operations, while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements. For this purpose, the movement of workers of said establishments residing in areas not covered by granular lockdowns shall remain unrestricted.

  • Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain to be fully operational and shall adhere to at least 50% on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements.


ALERT LEVEL 1

- Areas with low and decreasing cases, and low total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate.


  • Movement of persons shall be allowed except for reasonable restrictions on activities and spaces that are closed, crowded, or enable close contact, as may be identified by the LGUs subject to the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of their respective RIATF.

  • Except for those located in areas under granular lockdowns, all establishments, persons, or activities, are allowed to operate, work, or be undertaken at full on-site or venue/seating capacity provided it is consistent with minimum public health standards. (Ventures Cebu)


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