Starting today Sept. 16, Rizal Park and three sites in Intramuros, namely Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Plaza San Luis will finally re-open, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat announced.
“The reopening of Fort Santiago, Baluarte San Diego, and Plaza San Luis will allow visitors to experience again 2020’S Asia and World’s leading tourist attraction as recognized by the World Travel Awards,” she said.
However, only those aged eighteen (18) years old above and below sixty-five (65) years old shall be allowed in Rizal Park and the Intramuros sites.
Rizal Park will be open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM with a maximum capacity of 500 visitors at any given time.
Park-goers are also advised to download the StaySafe app for a faster entry into the park premises. However, manual contact tracing forms will still be available at entrances for those without access to mobile phones.
Fort Santiago will be open from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM from Monday to Friday and on the weekends, from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM with a maximum capacity of 150 visitors at any given time.
Meanwhile, Baluarte de San Diego will be operating daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will accommodate a maximum of 80 people at a time.
On the other hand, Plaza San Luis is free of entry for those who want to visit but only from 8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM daily.
Meanwhile, the entrance fee for Fort Santiago and Baluarte de San Diego remains at P75 for regular visitors and P50 for discounted eligible visitors such as seniors, students, and PWDs.
Protocols to be Followed
Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors shall undergo mandatory temperature checks at the sites’ entrance and are required at all times to adhere to the minimum health standards such as wearing masks and face shields, proper physical distancing, and frequent washing or disinfection of hands.
To assure the incoming visitors, the DOT also prioritized the vaccination of its workers.
“As of Sept. 14, 99 percent of the workers in Intramuros Administration—including outsourced security and janitorial workers—have also been fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, over 96 percent of all personnel stationed at Rizal Park have already received their complete COVID-19 vaccination,” Puyat shared.
“Time and again, we are reminding everyone to strictly follow the health and safety protocols when visiting Rizal Park, Intramuros, and other tourist sites and destinations that have reopened, and get vaccinated when the opportunity comes.”
“By doing so, not only can you protect yourself, but you are also keeping the workers who rely on tourism safe from the virus, too,” she added.
Privileges of being Fully Vaccinated
Through the Intramuros Administration (IA), the DOT will also set up an express lane for fully vaccinated individuals who wish to visit Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego to encourage more NCR residents to get vaccinated.
By using the express lane, fully vaccinated visitors can accomplish the mandatory contact tracing form when inside the sites and only present it to security personnel before exit.
The DOT has also been promoting its tourist sites to speed up the government’s vaccination efforts, partnering with the City of Manila to establish a Drive-Thru Vaccination facility at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park.