Para ma-enjoy Pasko: Metro Manila mayors to allow senior citizens, minors below 15 years old to go out of their homes


Metro Manila mayors have agreed to relax rules on allowing minors and senior citizens to go out of their homes as the holiday season nears.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said his fellow local chief executives are set to issue guidelines this week allowing minors 15 years old and below, and senior citizens aged 65 years old and above, to go out of their homes.

“Those below 15 and over 65 will be allowed outside but only to exercise and to purchase essential goods and services such as food and medicine,” he said Monday, November 30.

Zamora said the Metro Manila Council (MMC), which is composed of all Metro Manila mayors, and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against COVID-19 have agreed to shorten the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in the capital by one hour.

“This is to give our constituents ample time to prepare for the Christmas season and attend the traditional Simbang Gabi provided that they strictly follow the guidelines set by the IATF,” he said.

Zamora said caroling is still banned in Metro Manila as singing spreads aerosol particles that could transmit the virus that causes COVID-19.