Staycations, MICE, will be allowed in NCR, as it shifts to Alert Level 3 starting October 16

Staycations, MICE, will be allowed in NCR, as it shifts to Alert Level 3 starting October 16

As the National Capital Region (NCR) shifts to Alert Level 3 starting October 16, staycations will finally resume, seating capacity in restaurants will also increase, and other tourism activities are now allowed.

“We welcome the easing of restrictions under the current alert level,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.

She added that resuming staycations and expanding the capacity of restaurants is a significant boost to tourism-oriented establishments, which will result in the restoration of jobs of displaced tourism workers as the holiday season approaches.

According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), individuals of all ages may check in for a staycation. However, only those 18 years old and above who are fully vaccinated shall be allowed to book their stay.

Under the amended guidelines, only DOT-accredited staycation hotels with government-issued safety seal certification will be allowed to accommodate staycation guests. The list of these hotels can be found at the DOT websites and social media pages.

“This is also very timely, knowing that that the holiday season is fast approaching. Family gatherings are part of the Filipino culture, which makes this an important period for leisure travels and bookings,” added Puyat.

The department said hotels accepting staycations guests are allowed at 100% operational capacity.

Also, under the guidelines, meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE), venues for social events, dine-in services in restaurants, museums, and parks shall be allowed to operate at a maximum of 30 percent indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only.

But for outdoor venues, 50 percent capacity is allowed for individuals regardless of vaccination status.

The IATF-EID requires that the workers of these establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and that there is no objection from the LGU where these activities will take place.

Puyat also stressed that since Metro Manila has reached 70% vaccination for senior citizens and those with comorbidities, establishments permitted to operate under Alert Level 3 may operate at 30% with an additional 20% capacity.

Another 10% operational capacity will be added if establishments have been granted a Safety Seal by the government.

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