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DTI gives green light for tour operators, agencies to operate in MGCQ

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued a memorandum circular that authorizes travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and others to reopen at 100 percent capacity in areas placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) effective on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

“Various Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases resolutions have placed several parts of the country under MGCQ and foreign countries have begun loosening Covid-19 travel and entry restrictions, with some international destinations reopened to tourists,” the order stated.

Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation service and related activities are re-categorized from category IV to category III, and thus, are allowed to reopen at 50 percent operational capacity for areas placed under general community quarantine and 100 percent capacity for areas placed under MGCQ, subject to the mandatory minimum public health standards and protocols provided by different government agencies.

As of Thursday, Oct. 15, tourist destinations in Cebu that were reopened include accommodations in the city that accept bookings of local tourists and residents only; open tourism activities like diving, island hopping and tourism activities in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City, ATV adventure in Barangay Nasipit, Barili, Buho Rock Resort in Poro, Bukilat Cave in Tudela, canyoneering in Alegria, canyoneering in Badian, diving in Moalboal, Fort San Pedro in Cebu City, island hopping in Cordova, island hopping in Moalboal, Kawasan Falls in Badian, Lake Danao in San Francisco, Oslob and snorkeling in Moalboal.

These destinations were listed in the official Department of Tourism (DOT) page that can be accessed at https://www.philippines.travel/safeph.

The DOT advised tourists of the safety and health protocols placed to protect the public’s health and well-being.(JOB)


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