Duterte urges LGUs to pass ordinances barring kids 12 and below from public areas

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Inquirer.net | November 16,2021 - 07:49 AM
People while their time at a big shopping mall in Quezon City on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The government's pandemic task force has placed the entire Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 since November 5. INQUIRER.net/Katherine G. Adraneda

People while their time at a big shopping mall in Quezon City on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. The government’s pandemic task force has placed the entire Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 starting Nov. 5. (File photo by KATHERINE G. ADRANEDA / INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte urged local government units on Monday to pass ordinances that would ban children aged 12 below from malls and other public spaces to protect them from possible COVID-19 infection.

“Certainly, we cannot allow those below 12 years old or those who are still unvaccinated to be exposed to the risk of getting COVID-19 in public places,” Duterte said.

He noted that it was a recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases.

“So remember that. Again, to the parents and guardians of minors who are unvaccinated, please [be] mindful of the risk.  Part of caring for them is thinking about their safety.  I hope no one among our children will get COVID-19,” Duterte said.

This was part of his reminder to the public not to be complacent despite the downward trend in COVID-19 infections, which has led to lower quarantine restrictions in most areas in the country, including Metro Manila.

Health experts had also started reminding people to continue observing health protocols after learning that more and more children were going outdoors while regulations like physical distancing and wearing face masks were being disregarded.

Duterte said he understood how parents were yearning to bring their children outdoors again.

But he said: “As we continue to reopen more establishments and allow more mobility to help our economic recovery, we still need to be cautious. I saw a recent report where a two-year-old child was tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting a mall.”

“I know that you parents would really want to take your children out after staying for so long inside your home due to lockdowns. But keep in mind that if your children are still young and not yet vaccinated, do not expose them to the virus,” he added, speaking partly in Filipino.

Commenting on the case of the two-year-old who got infected, the Department of Health (DOH) said that the cause of the infection was still uncertain, but it still urged parents to stop bringing their children outdoors.

READ: Cause of toddler’s COVID-19 infection ‘uncertain, multifactorial’ — DOH 

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