Members of the Philippine Coast Guard place notices on 21 structures advising the owners to dismantle fishpen before the deadline. Demolition of illegal fish pens in Manila Bay along Cavite City begins on Nov. 4, the Manila Bay IATF announced. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 27 (Mabuhay) — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday that minors were allowed to go outside to exercise in Alert Level 3 areas but not inside the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roque was referring to the artificial white sand beach alongside Manila Bay which drew crowds over the weekend, prompting concerns that it could lead to a super spreader event.

“As a general rule, stay home pa rin ang mga bata habang hindi pa sila bakunado. Pero may exception naman po iyon, puwede silang lumabas for exercise, puwede silang lumabas sa open areas dahil importante rin po iyan sa mental health,” Roque said.

“Siguro ang dapat lang nating i-emphasize eh, hindi pa rin dapat ibiyahe ang mga bata doon sa mga sites na ganito,” Roque added.

The Manila Bay Dolomite Beach is a project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The mass gatherings at the artificial white sand area alongside Manila Bay over the weekend prompted Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to call on the national government to file complaints against the DENR.

The Palace did not categorically address Moreno’s call.

“We leave that to the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government), the police, and the Manila city government,” Roque added.

The DENR earlier said closing the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach is not an option, given that the government already spent P389 million for it.

The COVID-19 vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 started last October 15. (MNS)

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