Alert Level 3 Guidelines for Metro Manila from January 3 to 15

Here's our quick guide on what you can and cannot do under the latest Alert Level in the city!

Due to the spike of COVID-19 cases after the holiday break, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has decided to shift NCR, including Metro Manila, from Alert Level 2 to the stricter Alert Level 3 from January 3 to 15.

If you’re wondering what changes have been made to ensure that the cases will dwindle once again, here’s our quick guide on what you can and cannot do under the latest Alert Level in the city!


Intrazonal and interzonal movement are still allowed, with possible reasonable restrictions imposed by the LGUs, with the evaluation of their respective Regional IATF. Those aged below 18, as well as those belonging to the vulnerable population, are allowed to obtain essential goods and services and to work in permitted industries and offices. Individual outdoor exercises shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status. 2.

Update: Metro Manila LGUs will now restrict unvaccinated and partially vaccinated adults and minors from entering malls, restaurants, and public transport under the new Alert Level, CNN reports.


The following establishments will be allowed to operate or be undertaken at a maximum of 30% indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50% outdoor venue capacity, provided that all workers of the establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

  • Dine-in establishments.
  • Cinemas.
  • Tourist attractions including museums, galleries, libraries, and amusement parks.
  • Recreational venues such as internet cafes, arcades, bowling alleys, billiard halls, and the like.
  • Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports.
  • Personal care establishments such as barbershops, spas, cosmetic services, and the like.
  • Venues for meetings, conferences, and social gatherings such as parties, wedding receptions, and family reunions.
  • In-person religious gatherings including gatherings for necrological services.
  • Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations.
  • Film, music, and television production.
  • Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training.

Meanwhile, the following activities are prohibited under the latest Alert Level:

  • Face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education.
  • Contact sports, except those conducted under bubble-type setup.
  • Funfairs/carnivals and kid amusement industries like playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides.
  • Indoor performances with live voice or wind-instruments such as karaoke bars, theaters, and the like.
  • Gaming establishments such as Casinos, horse racing, and cockfighting.
  • Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.

For more information, visit the official website of the Philippine News Agency.

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