DOT: Museums in NCR Plus to reopen on limited capacity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021   •   178

MANILA, Philippines—Museums in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus areas will be allowed to open on a limited capacity, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Friday (June 11).

Tourism sites in the NCR Plus will be allowed to accommodate 20% of its total capacity and is subjected to the health and safety restrictions implemented by the DOT and local government unit (LGU), based on the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Guided tours will remain prohibited.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said this would help bring back employment.

“Our historical sites and museums in the NCR Plus Area may welcome visitors following the easing of quarantine restrictions. This is part of our efforts to restart tourism and leisure activities in a safe and steady manner, and to help bring back employment,” she said.

Puyat also said that the reopening of historical sites and museums is good timing as it coincides with the country’s observance of Independence Day.

“Revisiting our past brings us closer together as a people and draws us closer to a future free of the perils and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic,” she said.

The IATF approval covers historical sites and museums in the NCR Plus, which covers Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna, and which is currently under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions. AAC

DOT welcomes IATF decision to allow leisure travel for all ages from NCR Plus Bubble

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow leisure travel for all ages from the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus Bubble.

Under the IATF Resolution No. 118A, the Task Force allowed leisure travel to and from NCR Plus bubble from June 1 to 15, 2021 to areas under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

However, there will still be restrictions such as requiring travelers below 18 and above 65 years old to undergo an RT-PCR test before travel.

Travel should only be from point-to-point which means that while pit stops or stopovers are allowed for eating and personal necessities, no side trips shall be made to other tourism destinations.

In a statement, the tourism department said allowing leisure travel will help local tourism back on track towards recovery,

“We are looking forward to once again see our tourism destinations welcome tourists from the NCR Plus area. Of course, this has to be done with utmost precaution,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.

Puyat also said the DOT will continue to strengthen its coordination with our local government units (LGUs) to ensure the strict compliance of health and safety protocols.

“We continue to count on travelers to comply with minimum health protocols. I know our kababayans have been wanting to go out and enjoy during the summertime, but let us practice responsibility to protect ourselves and the communities in your chosen destinations,” Puyat added. AAC

IATF allows staycation hotels to receive guests up to 100% capacity

Robie de Guzman   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has allowed accredited staycation hotels in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) areas to accept more guests, Malacañang said Friday.

IATF and Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said accommodation establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and with certificates of authority to operate for staycation may now accommodate up to 100 percent of their capacity.

These staycation hotels may also forego with the COVID-19 testing of guests as a prerequisite for accommodation “as long as only 18 to 65 years old shall be allowed as guests.”

Roque also said that DOT-accredited accommodation establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) may accommodate guests for leisure purposes for up to 30 percent of their venue capacity “subject to DOT guidelines and other conditions.”

DOT eyes ‘green lane’ for fully vaccinated travelers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) has proposed setting up a ‘green lane’ for foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The department made the proposal to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as part of the government’s effort to reopen the economy.

With the green lane set up, it would be easier for tourists to visit the country especially as quarantine restrictions  ease with the progress of the vaccination worldwide.

“The Green Lane will pave the way for the reopening of our tourist destinations to leisure travelers who are now fully vaccinated. It will give the jobs back to many of our tourism workers and gradually revive the tourism industry under safe conditions,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said.

She also said that other countries have already opened their doors to fully-vaccinated foreign travelers.

The IATF-EID has tasked the DOT and several other government agencies to evaluate the possibility of implementing “green lanes” and formulate protocols

“We must keep pace with our neighbors and the rest of the world in slowly reopening our tourist destinations. We must be ready for the visitors when the whole world is ready to safely travel again,” Puyat said. AAC


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