Err Not: Disciplined Travel During Quarantine

by Angel Grace D. Untalan, SEPTEMBER 2021

Holiday season is fast approaching and of paramount importance is to ensure that travelers comply with the minimum parameters allowed, as well as the restrictions on activities that we may avail of.

A new Alert Level System was made effective last 16 September 2021, placing certain areas in the country under granular lockdowns which may be subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities as may be determined by their respective local government unit (LGU).

To date, the National Capital Region (NCR) is placed under GCQ, specifically Alert Level 4.

Listed below are the protocols provided for each alert level based on the IATF Resolution No. 140:

ACTIVITIES / ESTABLISHMENTS /
OTHER PROVISIONS
ALERT
LEVEL 1
ALERT
LEVEL 2
ALERT
LEVEL 3
ALERT
LEVEL 4
Mobility and age restrictionsMovement of persons shall be allowed except for reasonable restrictions identified by the LGUsMovement of persons shall be allowed except for reasonable restrictions based on ages and comorbidities determined by the LGUsMovement of persons below 18 and over 65 years old, with immunodifiency or comorbidities, and pregnant shall not be allowed
Dining in RestaurantsFull on-site capacity50%* venue or seating capacity30%* venue or seating capacityAl fresco dining at 30%, indoor dining at 10%**
Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibitsNot allowed to operate or work
Indoor venues for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE)
Indoor entertainment venues (Cinemas, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters)
Indoor leisure centers or facilities, spas, and swimming pools
Amusement parks or theme parks (Fairs, kiddie rides, and playground)
DOT-accredited accommodation establishments
* Under the Safety Seal Certification Program, business establishments awarded Safety Seal Certifications are allowed to operate at an additional 10% beyond the prescribed on-site capacity or venue/seating capacity.
** ONLY for fully vaccinated individuals

Under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, LGU officials disobeying national government policies or directives n imposing quarantines shall be punishable with imprisonment of two (2) months or a fine of not less than ten thousand pesos but not more than one million pesos.

Thus, the DILG and PNP persistently urge LGUs to enforce stricter measures against quarantine violators.

According to the PNP, police officers assigned on quarantine control points or checkpoints may issue Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) or citation tickets to erring drivers instead of just cautioning them or denying them passage.

Further, recommendations were made to cite erring persons for violation of the provisions of relevant laws, which includes, among others, the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.

For up-to-date information regarding Quarantine and Alert Level Systems, you may visit https://philippines.travel/safetrip.

For the full list of open destinations for travel entry, you may visit https://philippines.travel/data/OPENDESTINATIONS-9.17.21.pdf

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About the writer:

Angel Grace D. Untalan. A Legal Management graduate with an inclination to pursue the field of higher arts. She is moderately comfortable with social interaction, but can also relish her time off from the crowd. Her works are influenced by distinguished screenwriters such as Gene Roddenberry, George R.R. Martin, and Quentin Tarantino. She aspires to become a law practitioner at The Hague, who has published papers in a Scopus-indexed journal at some point in the future.

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