DOT reiterated its call for safe personal travels amid the Delta Variant threat

DOT reiterated its call for safe personal travels amid the Delta Variant threat

The Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterated its call for safe personal travels and stricter observance of health and safety protocols while conducting leisure travels after recognizing the threat of the new COVID-19 variant.

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) placed Metro Manila and other areas under a stricter quarantine measure to prevent local transmission of the Delta Variant of COVID-19.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat noted that under the IATF resolution number 128, point-to-point travel to areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) should be allowed without age restrictions.

"Individuals of all ages may still pursue their travel plans, but needless to say, with the threat of the Delta variant, our travelers must practice extra caution and strictly adhere to the rules and guidelines of the LGU of destination," clarified Puyat.

However, those below 18 and above 65 years old, are subjected to an RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement and other protocols and restrictions imposed by the DOT and the local government unit (LGU) of destination.

Puyat likewise emphasized that staycations continue to be allowed without age restrictions but noted that those travelling above 18 must be fully vaccinated; if not fully vaccinated, they need to undergo an RT-PCR test as well.

Still, the IATF said that Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), and social events in venue establishments are still prohibited.

Meanwhile, indoor tourist attractions are not allowed to operate. In contrast, outdoor tourist attractions shall remain open and will be allowed to operate at 30 percent venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards.

Popular outdoor tourist sites in Intramuros such as Fort Santiago and the Baluarte de San Diego remain open to visitors aged 18 years old and above.

"The Department is continuously looking for ways to help further the local tourism industry, and its stakeholders get back on its feet as soon as possible, but we remind everyone who wishes to travel for leisure to follow the imposed minimum health standards and social distancing measures," Puyat said.

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