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After a year and a half, the curfew imposed in Metro Manila since the beginning of the pandemic will be lifted on Thursday, November 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.
"The Metro Manila Council shall lift the standardized and unified curfew hours in the NCR starting November 4, 2021 through the Metro Manila local government units,” the resolution from the MMDA read.
The agency noted, however, that local government ordinances on the curfew of minors are still existent.
Currently, cities in the capital region observe a curfew from 12 AM to 4 AM.
MMDA Chair Benhur Abalos said the lifting of curfew will allow malls to extend their operating hours. He noted that the Metro Manila Council and mall owners agree to extend their hours until 11 PM in time for the holiday season.
“The lifting of curfew hours in Metro Manila will help spread out influx of people coming to and from malls to further reduce the risk of virus’ transmission,” said the MMDA chief.
The ease in restriction comes as the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines continues to slow down. On Tuesday, the country recorded its lowest daily increase in coronavirus with less than 3,000 cases.