Covid TF tackles guidelines on children going to malls

The Davao City Covid-19 task Force is discussing a plan to provide guidelines regulating 11 years old and below from entering malls and all other areas of convergence.

This developed after alarming number of minors seen in shopping malls brought by their parents.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, said the city government of Davao is authorized to create guidelines on top of alert level 2 guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“We had had a discussion with the Covid Task Force and isa sa mga nasabutan is regulation among this age group (11 years old). Even though we do have alert level 2 naa’y power ang LGU to create a regulation on the guidelines. If ever naa ta’y added na regulation on top of alert level 2 na guidelines we will let the public know about,” she said.

Schlosser clarified that currently, the city is following the IATF guidelines on alert level 2 that includes allowing kids to go out as more activities and establishments will be allowed to operate.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Monday that what has been discussed was about the age of the children particularly the 11 below because children 12 years old and above are now allowed to get vaccinated.

“Na-discuss ni sa atong COVID-19 meeting, sa pagkakaron ang ginagamit gihapon nato is ang guide sa IATF sa national. Sa atoang level there are continued discussions. The discussion will be continued at the level of the Response Cluster bago nila isaka balik dinhi sa Covid-19 Task Force,” Mayor Sara said.

Meanwhile, Schlosser called on the parents especially those who bring their children to malls not to be complacent because with this age group they do not have an additional layer of protection and do not have the vaccination.

“At the same time this is the population na dili ta maka-segurado na mu-follow gyud ug minimum public health standards because these are kids. Dili ingon ana kataas ang ilahang mentalidad as to the sense of responsibility,” she said.

She said the city will intensify the education information campaign and gently remind the parents and guardians especially those who let their children 11 years old and below go to the malls.

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