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Government no longer requires outdoor dining and recreation areas

To promote public health and safe economic activity amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government is pushing for better public access to outdoor areas for dining and recreation, among other things.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks to the population after holding a meeting with core members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City, on July 19, 2021 . (Malacañang.))

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has appealed to institutions to create space for outdoor activities and urban green spaces.

“To allow for the safe continuity of economic activity, the IATF has asked the institutions to consider developing and converting more outdoor spaces into temporary outdoor weekend markets and dining rooms,” President spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement Friday .

The government also called for the establishment of “permanently accessible urban green spaces, outdoor recreational spaces and public sanitary facilities,” according to Roque.

The final appeal came as the government tightened movement controls in Metro Manila to curb the spread of the highly transmissible variant of the delta coronavirus in the country. Health officials previously confirmed local transmission of the Delta variant in the country after recording 47 cases of the contagious disease.

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