The eco-tourism facilities and attractions in Ilocos Norte are temporarily exclusive for residents only to curb the coronavirus infections, the Municipal Government of Vintar said.
Vintar, Ilocos Norte is known for its zip line and biking adventures. While contact tracing is ongoing after the confirmation of two new cases in Barangays San Ramon and Cabangaran, the Umok ni Siwawer Eco-Tourism Nature Park and all other attractions will be closed to guests from outside the town of Vintar, Mayor Larisa Foronda said.
“We care for your safety and protection. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding on this matter,” she said in a statement, assuring they will accept non-residents as soon as the contact tracing has been completed and individuals who were tested are cleared.
Foronda clarified that even if the tourism facilities and attractions are open for residents, the picnic cottages for rent and the Bislak River will be strictly regulated to 10 persons per cottages.
To ensure that minimum health and safety protocols are observed, members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Village Officials, and watchmen will be deployed.
The pandemic caused several businesses in Vintar Town that spans 230 meters, and the pioneer for bike zip line in the Ilocos Region to shut down last year.
Since its opening in March 2019, the tourism office reported PHP1.2 million gross income.
"It would have been much higher as the figure was only for nine months of operation,” municipal tourism officer Erwin Suguitan said.
The Vintar government reopened its eco-park for Ilocos Norte residents in August.
Ilocos Norte still has 219 active Covid-19 infections as of Sunday.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)