Following the latest IATF Resolution No. 130-A, the Department of Tourism issues a reminder to all concerned stakeholders in the tourism industry.
From July 30 to August 5, 2021, the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under General Community Quarantine with Heightened Restrictions (GCQ-HR), however beginning August 6 to August 20, it will be placed under a two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
In the week under GCQ-HR, point-to-point (P2P) flights for leisure are suspended, effective immediately. However, returning flights are allowed for tourists residing in the NCR Plus (NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal).
Any type of non-essential travel to and from NCR Plus is prohibited to prevent congestion in NCR borders.
Furthermore, only Authorized Persons Outside their Residences (APORs) shall be allowed to travel in and out of NCR Plus.
Indoor tourist attractions may not operate, and staycations shall not be allowed. In addition, DOT-accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) outside of NCR Plus may no longer accept leisure guests from NCR Plus beginning July 30, regardless of the date of booking.
However, those who are already checked in for staycation in staycation hotels as of July 29, 2021, may continue their stay until the last day of their original booking.
The only ones the DOT-accredited AEs may accommodate are:
Those who are required to undergo quarantine
Long-stay guests as defined in DOT Administrative Order No. 2021-004-A
Health and emergency frontline services personnel who need easy access to their place of work
APORs who require accommodation according to their official function or duty
Mass gatherings, including social events and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), will continue to be prohibited. In addition, dining in restaurant establishment premises shall not be allowed starting August 1, 2021.
The DOT urges its stakeholders, particularly the hotel operators, travel agencies, and airlines, to allow affected guests to rebook without charges.
The National Task Force Vaccine Cluster is ramping up efforts to vaccinate tourism workers in more destinations across the country.
The cooperation of all will be vital to the success of the government’s current efforts to inoculate more individuals against the virus and curb the spread of COVID-19.