Duterte announces slight easing of Manila lockdown


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the Manila region from August 21 to 31, despite the country reporting its second-highest number of daily covid-19 infections. 

The capital region was previously under the strictest enhanced community quarantine since August 6, and has now been eased to the second-highest restrictions. 

“These latest classifications are without prejudice to the strict implementation of granular (local) lockdowns,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. 

The previously highest level lockdown mandated the closure of all dine-in restaurants and indoor tourist attractions, although outdoor attractions are allowed at 30 percent capacity.

The new restrictions will allow higher operating capacity in some businesses, however, indoor dining services will remain prohibited. 

Most casinos in Metro Manila remain closed though some have been opened at a limited capacity for invited guests.