In line with the latest announcement from the national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the National Capital Region, which is still under GCQ, the Quezon City government has raised the age of authorized individuals allowed to go out to 18 years old.

In the city’s revised guidelines, persons between 18 to 65 years old are allowed to leave home, provided that they have company ID, school ID or any government-issued ID. Persons younger or older than the permitted ages may leave home only for buying essentials.

Mayor Joy Belmonte reminded all residents to abide by the revised guidelines to ensure a healthy and happier Christmas celebration.

“For most of us, especially families with younger children, we have to forego some of our Christmas traditions like travelling and eating out together. But in exchange, this will give us peace of mind as we’ll remain safe and COVID-free,” said Belmonte.

Meanwhile, children below 18 will be allowed to go out only for essential needs such as medical or dental appointments. They must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

The parent or guardian should likewise supervise the minor in observing health protocols such as wearing of face masks, regular handwashing, and physical distancing.

In the meantime, other Christmas traditions such as “Simbang Gabi” and community fireworks display will still push through in accordance with health protocols and guidelines.

Attendees of Simbang Gabi should not exceed 30 percent of the venue’s capacity and basic health protocols must be followed, such as social distancing and wearing of face masks and face shields.

As for fireworks display, the city government said it will only be allowed in designated locations such as the Quezon Memorial Circle and Eastwood and must be livestreamed online so anyone can enjoy without having to go out of their homes.

The mayor added that traditional caroling is prohibited.