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Sipalay to allow Christmas parties too

THE City Government of Sipalay will also allow Christmas parties but under the condition that health protocols are strictly observed.

Keith Brandon Cari-an, Sipalay City Public Information Officer, said since September, the resorts in the city have been given accreditation by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to operate as long as they will only allow 50 percent of their establishment's guest capacity.

Tourists are now welcome in the town, although some may still be required to fill up a travel form issued and signed by the barangay captain or authorized personnel in order to make sure that they did not come from any areas which have been placed under lockdown.

Cari-an said those planning to get into the city may download and fill out the travel form in the city's official social media page. Visitors are also required to state where they will be staying in order for barangay personnel to monitor them.

Cari-an also said that by next month, they are planning to roll out a digital travel form, wherein those entering the city can start using QR codes.

Earlier, Salvador Benedicto Mayor Marxlen Dela Cruz said Christmas parties will be allowed in their municipality, but may only be held in resorts accredited by the DOT.

Dela Cruz said that as of the moment, three of the five resorts in the town have secured an accreditation from the DOT.

However, Dela Cruz said the resorts are ordered to strictly observe the health protocols imposed by the Department of Health, including limiting the number of guests based on the regulations of the Inter-Agency Task Force during modified general community quarantine.


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