Metro Manila, 47 other areas under Alert Level 1 until March 31

Metro Manila will remain under the least restrictive Alert Level 1 along with 47 other areas across the country for the rest of the month, Malacañang announced.

People flock to Ilaya in Binondo, Manila on Jan. 2, 2022. Metro Manila will be under Alert Level 3 starting Jan. 3 until Jan. 15, 2022 due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

This was announced by acting Presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar on Tuesday, March 15, exactly two years after the government first imposed a lockdown in Metro Manila to curb Covid-19 transmission.

After years of restrictions, the National Capital Region was downgraded to Alert Level 1, the least strict among the four risk classifications, last March 1 amid the declining number of cases there.

Aside from Metro Manila, the following areas in Luzon will also be under Alert Level 1 starting Wednesday, March 16:

  1. Abra
  2. Apayao
  3. Baguio City and
  4. Kalinga
  5. Dagupan City
  6. Ilocos Norte
  7. Ilocos Sur
  8. La Union
  9. Pangasinan
  10. Batanes
  11. Cagayan
  12. City of Santiago
  13. Isabela
  14. Quirino
  15. Angeles City
  16. Aurora
  17. Bataan
  18. Bulacan
  19. Nueva Ecija
  20. Olongapo City
  21. Pampanga
  22. Tarlac
  23. Zambales
  24. Batangas
  25. Cavite
  26. Laguna
  27. Lucena City
  28. Marinduque
  29. Puerto Princesa City
  30. Romblon
  31. Naga City
  32. Catanduanes.

The following 10 areas in the Visayas will also be under Alert Level 1:

  1. Aklan
  2. Bacolod City
  3. Capiz
  4. Guimaras
  5. Iloilo City
  6. Cebu City
  7. Siquijor
  8. Biliran
  9. Ormoc City
  10. Tacloban City.

While for Mindanao, the following areas will be under Alert Level 1:

  1. Zamboanga City
  2. Cagayan de Oro City
  3. Camiguin
  4. Davao City
  5. Butuan City.

Meanwhile, Andanar said that all areas that were not mentioned will be under Alert Level 2 until March 31.

Under Alert Level 1, there are no restrictions in terms of indoor and outdoor capacities. Everyone can undertake intrazonal and interzonal travel without regard to age and even comorbidities.

All establishments, persons, or activities are likewise allowed to operate, work, or be undertaken at total on-site or venue seating capacity, provided these are consistent with minimum public health standards.

The IATF also earlier allowed colleges and universities in areas under Alert Level 1 to hold face-to-face classes with 100 percent of the classrooms’ capacity, but will only allow fully vaccinated teachers, non-teaching personnel, and students,

Two years ago, what was supposed to be a month-long lockdown turned into a couple of years of restrictions in Metro Manila amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Many areas in the country are now under the more relaxed Alert Level 1 with wearing of face shields over face masks no longer required.

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