PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS

The task force handling the pandemic response has adopted a resolution exempting fully vaccinated seniors in areas under general and strict lockdowns from the stay-at-home rules, according to the presidential palace. 

The taskforce allowed the movement of fully vaccinated senior citizens in areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine, subject to presentation of a duly issued COVID-19 vaccination card, presidential spokesman Herminio L. Roque, Jr. said on Friday. 

Seniors are still limited to travelling within their zone as interzonal travel is still prohibited, except for point-to-point travel, Mr. Roque said. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, only persons aged 15 to 65 years had been allowed outdoors. 

Government data showed that 415,540 seniors have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of June 8.  

Meanwhile, the Palace official said the task force also allowed gyms, fitness studios, skating rinks, and racket sports courts in the National Capital Region Plus to resume operations at 30% of the venue’s capacity. 

Mr. Roque said historical sites as well as museums are now allowed to operate at 20% of the venue’s capacity. 

However, guided tours in historical sites and museums shall remain prohibited, he added. 

With the reopening of the fitness industry, about 22,000 displaced workers in the fitness industry would be able to regain their jobs, Trade Chief Ramon M. Lopez said at a televised news briefing. 

Mr. Lopez said about 2,000 gyms in the capital region and nearby provinces have yet to secure a safety seal certification, which is issued by the Trade department.  

Authorities are set to announce this week the new quarantine classifications for the second half of the month. — Kyle Aristophere Atienza