Metro Manila will be placed under the second highest alert level under general community quarantine (GCQ) when the region shifts to an experimental lockdown scheme on Thursday, September 16.
"Ang gumawa ng kasunduan, iyong mga National Capital Region mayors, na isang alert level lang, Alert Level 4, ang gagawin nila, at magtutulong-tulong sila para mapababa iyong numero," Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said in a television interview with GMA News on Tuesday, September 14.
(Mayors decided that there will be one alert level, which is Alert Level 4. They will help each other to lower that.)
The Department of Health (DOH) echoed the DILG in a statement later on Tuesday.
“NCR is currently at high risk case classification as it maintains a moderate risk two-week growth rate and high risk average daily attack rate," said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire
"Additionally, NCR has a high-risk intensive care utilization rate at 77.5% while bed utilization is near high-risk classification at 69.5%," she added.
Under guidelines released by the Philippines' coronavirus task force on Monday, September 13, the following is prohibited under Alert Level 4:
The following are also prohibited from resuming their operations:
The following are allowed:
The IATF said all other establishments not specified may be allowed to operate at 100% onsite capacity.
The new lockdown scheme will see local government units (LGUs) maximize the implementation of small-scale or granular lockdowns.
Under the new guidelines, granular lockdowns will be enforced in a certain area for at least 14 days.
Only health workers and uniformed personnel "shall be allowed to move within, into, and out of the area under granular lockdown," the guidelines read.
But Año appealed to hospitals and LGUs to provide temporary shelter to their workers.
"Ang ating pakiusap sa hospitals at LGUs, bigyan muna ng ibang tirahan ang healthcare workers habang naka-lockdown para hindi na sila lalabas-papasok," he said.
(Our request to hospitals and LGUs is to offer temporary accommodation to healthcare workers so they won't have to enter and leave areas under granular lockdown.)
The following shall be given permission to enter and leave granular lockdown areas for specific reasons:
Households affected by the granular lockdown will be given food stubs, Año said.
Metro Manila is struggling to contain the highly infectious Delta variant, with active COVID-19 cases in the region topping 51,000 as of Monday, September 13.
The new lockdown scheme comes amid the government's experiment to find the right balance between reopening the economy and prioritizing public health. – Rappler.com