Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday assured the public that the police force will continue to enforce guidelines to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) despite lowering the alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The PNP chief said that he has 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.
“The one thing that is certain is that we will strictly enforce the implementation of minimum health and safety protocols and the PNP will coordinate with local government units to ensure the effectiveness of the guidelines,” Eleazar said.
To recall, 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 NCR 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.
Meantime, 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.
Eleazar 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.
Outside Metro Manila, police units would have to make the necessary adjustments depending on the community quarantine classification, he added.