The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases just approved the proposal to place the National Capital Region to Alert Level 3. This means that several establishments will soon be able to operate at 30% indoor venue capacity and 50% outdoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals provided that all employees are fully vaccinated as well. Movie theaters and limited face-to-face classes for higher education, technical-vocational education, and training are among the list of said establishments.
Medicine and allied health sciences, engineering and technology programs, hospitality/hotel and restaurant management, tourism/travel management, marine engineering, and marine transportation have been allowed to hold limited in-person classes. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is also now reportedly considering the same implementation for all degree programs in areas with low cases of COVID-19 and high vaccination rates.
Meanwhile, the film industry reportedly lost around 21 billion pesos worth of income since cinemas closed last March 2020. They were reopened in March 2021 but the previous surge of COVID-19 cases halted their operations again. Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines (CEAP) head Charmaine Bauzon also reportedly said that 7,000 workers in cinemas lost their jobs.
Alert Level 3 will be enforced from October 16 until October 31.
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