Under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), tourists of all ages are allowed to travel from the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus to Boracay and other tourist spots until June 30, subject to certain limitations.
Following concerns that certain tourism stakeholders may not be aware that limitations have been eased, including for elderly and young tourists, since June 1, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat clarified this on Wednesday (June 16).
From June 1 to 15, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) permitted people to travel into and out of the NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal). The deadline has been extended till June 30.
NCR Plus will stay under general community quarantine (GCQ) with various degrees of restrictions, according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement earlier this week.
“The DOT and local government units will be able to restore the employment of displaced tourist employees as a result of this expanded liberal movement,” Puyat stated.
Interzonal travel between GCQ and MGCQ for recreational reasons is permitted under IATF Resolution 121. Tourists from Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, on the other hand, are only permitted to go to the GCQ and MGCQ regions on a point-to-point basis.
Such travel must be permitted for all ages, subject to RT-PCR testing prior to travel for those under the age of 18 and those over the age of 65, as well as any additional limitations imposed by the DOT and the destination’s local government unit.
According to the Malay, Aklan Municipal Tourism Office, from June 1 to 13, a total of 9,066 visitors landed in Boracay through Caticlan. There are 890 children aged 0 to 12 years old among them, and 178 people aged 60 and above.
The NCR accounted for 64 percent of Boracay tourists (5,772), followed by visitors from Region 4A (CALABARZON), which included Rizal (681), Cavite (639), and Laguna (462).
Accredited staycation hotels in all GCQ regions may still welcome leisure visitors up to 100% of their capacity. Other DOT-accredited businesses in GCQ regions may operate at 30% capacity exclusively for visitors from the same family and are subject to rigorous local government unit supervision.
Meanwhile, Puyat encouraged tourist businesses to follow the IATF’s standards.
Outdoor tourist attractions in GCQ regions, such as NCR and Bulacan, may run at 50% capacity till June 30, while those in Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal may operate at 30% capacity while adhering to stringent public health and safety standards.
Indoor tourism attractions including museums and historical sites would be permitted to operate at 50% capacity in GCQ regions and 30% capacity in the NCR and Bulacan. They are prohibited in the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.
Meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) activities, as well as social events such as weddings and birthday celebrations, are allowed in GCQ areas at up to 50% of capacity, except in NCR and Bulacan, where essential meetings are only allowed at up to 30% of capacity and social events are only allowed at up to 10%.
Establishments bearing the government’s Safety Seal in the NCR and Bulacan may have an extra 10% capacity in their operations. All of these activities are still illegal in Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.
Puyat reminded the public that the Task Force’s revised recommendations come with the obligation of rigorously adhering to the minimal health and safety procedures while traveling.