The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that under the Alert Level 4 COVID-19 classification, some residents in the National Capital Region are permitted to do leisure travel to general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) areas.
"Under Alert Level 4, puwede nang mag-travel ang taga-NCR as long as 'yung pupuntahan nila ay MGCQ or GCQ or 'yung mga tumatanggap ng turista," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a Dobol B sa News TV interview.
(NCR residents under Alert Level 4 are allowed to travel to areas under MGCQ or GCQ or those areas that accept tourists.)
However, Puyat clarified that some tourist destinations implement restrictions, like Baguio City, which only allows fully vaccinated individuals.
"Mas mainam na i-check talaga sa LGUs kung bukas sila" Puyat said.
(It's better to check with the LGUs first if they are open to all visitors.)
Meanwhile, tourist destinations like Siargao, Boracay Island, and La Union already accept tourists, but with age restrictions.
Puyat also said that regardless of the visitor's COVID-19 vaccination status, the Intramuros and Rizal Park are open for them, but with age restrictions.
According to Puyat, they have proposed to the IATF to permit those fully vaccinated 65 years old and above to go to Intramuros.
"They are only asking for our guidelines, and hopefully, this will be approved," she said.
Metro Manila is under Alert Level 4 in the new COVID-19 alert system that's being pilot tested by the IATF.
Under Alert Level 4, indoor dine-in services in restaurants, including those in hotels, and eateries are allowed at a limited 10% venue/seating capacity.
However, they will cater only to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while outdoor or alfresco dine-in services will operate at a maximum of 30% venue/seating capacity regardless of vaccination status.
Puyat also shared that 99% of workers in the hotel industry and 94% of workers in DOT-accredited restaurants are already vaccinated.
(Source: GMA News)