September 14, 2020

DOT Now Allows Staycations in GCQ Areas

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  • The Department of Tourism (DOT) has approved staycations in hotels in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) as a bid to gradually restart tourism activities in the country.

    With the go-signal from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that allowing staycations in hotels to resume is to explore ways in restarting tourism during the quarantine.

    The IATF-EID recently allowed hotels to accommodate guests who would check-in for leisure purposes even if the area is under GCQ. Previously, only health workers, exempted employees, returning OFWs, and stranded tourists were allowed to book a hotel room in strict quarantine measures.

    According to Puyat, a staycation shall have a minimum overnight stay in DOT-accredited hotels located within the proximity of one’s residence for leisure purposes.

    The DOT is expected to issue a memorandum circular with guidelines on staycations including specific regulations on the maximum allowable number of persons in a guestroom and the use of ancillary services such as restaurants and recreational areas soon.

    We recognize the need to change our operating guidelines for accommodation establishments to help keep all our tourists…

    Department of Tourism – Philippinesさんの投稿 2020年6月4日木曜日

    Meanwhile, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association Philippines President Christine Ibarreta expressed their readiness to welcome guests back in hotels and resorts. Safety and sanitation protocols will still be observed in their member hotels.

    “It’s good news for hotels and resorts as the safety and sanitation protocols are in place with our member hotels, we are much ready to welcome guests back. This will likewise stimulate business all over the country and start rebuilding tourism,” Ibarreta said.

    Also read: 5 Boutique Hotels Around the Metro for a Restful Staycation

    Currently, the areas placed under GCQ are Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, and the city of Tacloban are under GCQ until September 30. The provinces of Lanao del Sur, Bacolod City, and Iligan City are under the more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine, while the rest of the country is under modified GCQ.

    Source: Philippine News Agency

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