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PNP to remain vigilant despite lower COVID alert level in NCR — Eleazar



National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday assured that the force will continue to enforce guidelines against COVID-19 despite the downgrading of the alert level in Metro Manila.

Eleazar ordered ground commanders in the metropolis to study the guidelines for the imposition of Alert Level 3 to avoid any confusion in enforcement from 16 to 31 October.

“Ang hindi lang magbabago ay ang mahigpit na pagbabantay ng ating kapulisan para tiyaking nasusunod ang minimum public health safety. Magpapatuloy ang ugnayan ng PNP sa mga local government units para sa epektibong pagpapatupad ng mga guidelines,” Eleazar said in a statement.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on Wednesday approved the recommendation to downgrade the COVID-19 alert in the National Capital Region from Level 4 to Level 3.

Under Alert Level 3, several establishments can operate at 30 percent indoor venue capacity only for fully vaccinated individuals and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated.

Unapproved face-to-face classes for basic education; contact sports except bubble-type setup; funfairs; kid amusement industries; and venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers such as karaoke, clubs, concert halls, and theaters remain prohibited.

Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, lottery, betting shops and other gaming establishments, except those approved by the government, are also prohibited as well as gatherings in residences by individuals not belonging to the same household.

The PNP chief urged the public not to be complacent despite the decision of the IATF and the reported decrease in the number of COVID-19 infections in the country.

“Bagama’t may pagbaba sa alert level o bahagyang kabawasan sa paghihigpit ay hindi ito nangangahulugan na maaari na tayo magpakakumpiyansa. Nananatili ang banta ng COVID-19 kaya’t sana ay mahigpit pa rin natin sundin ang mga panuntunan para sa ating proteksyon sa coronavirus,” he said.

Outside Metro Manila, police units would have to make the necessary adjustments depending on the community quarantine classification, Eleazar added.