The Department of Tourism (DOT) assured the public that all accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) are observing the new guidelines given by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
"Travelers want a higher level of safety when they visit our destinations and experience its amenities. We are confident that our DOT-accredited hotels and resorts will comply with the newly issued operational guidelines under the Alert Levels System to keep everyone safe," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat expressed.
In DOT's Advisory Number 13, hotels and resorts were already informed regarding the operational guidelines on tourism-related activities to pilot the alert levels system for Covid-19 response in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The new Alert Level System intends to replace the existing Community Quarantine Classification; it'll have five alert levels with five as the strictest and one as the most lenient.
In the new Alert Level System pilot run, NCR is under Alert Level 4 from September 16 to 30, 2021.
What's Allowed under Alert Level 4
Under the said status, intrazonal and interzonal leisure travel will be allowed for all individuals except those below 18 years old and above 65 years old, pregnant, or with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, and other health risks.
Outdoor tourist attractions such as parks, plazas, public gardens, and scenic viewpoints or overlooks can operate at 30% capacity.
Indoor dine-in services will only be allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals and at a maximum of 10% seating capacity.
In comparison, outdoor or al-fresco dine-in services can be up to 30% of the establishment's seating capacity, regardless of customers' vaccination status.
Meanwhile, indoor barbershops, salons, and nail spas inside accommodation establishments can accommodate only those vaccinated and 10% seat capacity.
However, operations such as Staycations, indoor and outdoor venues for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events (MICE); venues for social events like parties and weddings; amusement and theme parks remain prohibited under Alert Level 4.
Puyat also clarified that even if intrazonal and interzonal leisure travel is permitted for some NCR residents, side trips to other tourist spots are not allowed, and only stopovers for eating and other personal necessities are allowed.
The DOT will continue to monitor the compliance of accredited AEs to ensure the safety and protection of tourism workers and guests.
She also said that the AEs and the public must not neglect minimum health standards and physical distancing measures.
"We also urge the public to follow the new guidelines being implemented by our accredited hotels and resorts for their own safety and protection," Puyat concluded.