Metro Manila mayors have decided not to allow minors to go outside of their residences amid the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
Metro Manila and seven other areas are still under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until the end of 2020.
“Unanimous po, 17-0, the mayors will not allow minors to go out. That’s why ‘yung ating GCQ guidelines na 18 to 65, ‘yun pa rin ang papayagan lumabas,” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said in an online press briefing.
Garcia said that the local chief executives weighed in on the advice given by medical experts.
“Of course sabi ko nga mayroong pro, mayroong against pero at the end of the day, noong nakita nila ‘yung opinion ng experts, talagang nirerespeto natin ‘yan,” he added.
Minors or 17 or below will be allowed to go out, but only for essential services or for tourism activities.
“Actually, pinayagan ‘yung exercises, it’s part of essential ‘yan. Kaya nga it’s subject also to the interpretation of LGUs, may mga ordinansa sila. Pero ‘yung exercise po allowed ‘yan,” Garcia said.
The Philippine Pediatric Society warned that children could be superspreaders for the coronavirus.
“Naglabas po sila yesterday ng opinyon… ‘yung opinyon po nila is delikado for the minors to go out,” Garcia said.
“Para kasing ang minors, mataas ang resistensiya niyan, malakas ang katawan, usually asymptomatic sila… just imagine pumunta ng restaurant ‘yan at mall, kakain ‘yan, magtatanggal ng masks, tapos maiinip, magtatatakbo ‘yan, may malapitan na vulnerable makahawa sila,” Garcia added.
Photo source: PNA photo by Joey O. Razon