300K back to work

    Only less than 100,000 workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will not be able to go back to work now with just a handful of sectors closed as restrictions ease.

    Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez yesterday said most of the 300,000 workers that have been displaced in August when the NCR was placed under hard lockdown will now be able to work following the de-escalation of the area to Level 3 from Level 4.

    Under Level 3, most of the remaining economic sectors, particularly the service sectors reopened and allowed to operate at higher capacities.

    The following remain prohibited: live entertainment/ karaoke bars, kids amusement centers, playgrounds and casinos.

    Lopez said the 300,000 estimate is based on the 1.8 million displaced under enhanced community quarantine. About 1 million of those are from the NCR.

    Lopez also said the best estimate is that only 4 percent of establishments have remained closed though this will be validated by a new survey.

    “We are not back to pre-pandemic levels but this is a lot better,” he said.

    The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Wednesday placed NCR under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31, 2021.

    The easing of restrictions paved the way for the opening of cinemas and movie houses.
    Under Alert Level 3, restaurants and personal care services which now include spas and derma clinics, are allowed to operate at 30 percent of indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity provided that all employees are fully vaccinated.

    Establishments permitted to operate under Alert Level 3, such as restaurants, venues for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions and social events, and tourist attractions, may operate at 30 percent with an additional 20 percent capacity.

    Specialized tourism markets such as staycations shall be allowed at 100 percent operational capacity under Alert Level 3.