Historical Walled City Intramuros Reopens to the Public

Historical Walled City Intramuros Reopens to the Public

Manila–The historic walled city of Intramuros is now open once again to the public in the new normal, announced Department of Tourism Secretary and Intramuros Administration (IA) Board of Administration chairpersons, Romulo-Puyat, this Wednesday.

"Intramuros is ready and prepared for its reopening following the easing of quarantine restrictions and the minimum health and safety standards set for parks, plazas, open spaces, heritage sites, and museums," said Puyat.

The famed Intramuros is now ready to welcome both guests and tourists, albeit within a limited capacity. Provided with the proper health and safety protocols, and is consistent with the given guideline by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF).

In high traffic areas, signages and informational materials are installed for visitors to be reminded of all the health and safety protocols. These areas include Palacio del Gobernador, Fort Santiago, Museo de Intramuros, Plaza San Luis, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, Puerto Real Gardens, Presidents' Gallery, Plaza Roma, and Plazuela de Sta. Isabel.

To avoid traffic and congestion, plans for proper circulation will be strictly established for all the gated sites and museums, this includes the Santiago, Puerta Real Gardens, Asean Gardens, Parian Gate, Plaza San Luiz Complex, and Baluarte De San Diego.

“Covid-19 drastically changed people’s relation with streets, public spaces, and public facilities. The pandemic illustrates the value for accessible open spaces abundant in Intramuros that allow movement within dense urban areas,” Puyat said.

In addition, the gated open-air sites like the historical and cultural attractions, heritage, and religious museums are also open for the tourist and the public, according to the plans of the IA. As well as hosting events and activities such as work meetings, workshops, training, seminars, conferences, board meetings and more, provided that it complies with guidelines the IATF provided.

Furthermore, establishments working inside the Intramuros are expected to download and use the staysafe.ph app. It is a contract tracing application aligned with the IATF resolution No. 15.

The IA procured all the equipment and supplies needed to avoid the spreading of the virus. The DOT placed these supplies in a strategic location where most tourist would use. These supplies include hands-free thermometers with automatic alcohol dispensers. In places that are commonly held by visitors, fog atomization and disinfected sprayers are used.

There will also be hygiene technicians and personnel with personal protective equipment that will hold sanitation protocols regularly. Health and safety supplies will also be provided for free to the employees and the guest visiting Intramuros.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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