Staycation suspended during ECQ in Metro Manila, 4 provinces

MANILA. Silence pervades the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel on March 28, 2021, several hours before the effectivity of a new lockdown in Metro Manila. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo)
MANILA. Silence pervades the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel on March 28, 2021, several hours before the effectivity of a new lockdown in Metro Manila. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo)

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) has ordered the suspension of staycations during the reimposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said hotels, resorts, apartment hotels, motels and similar establishments can only accept guests with long-term lease contracts, locally stranded individuals or those transiting to their place of residence, and authorized persons outside of residence pursuant to their official duties.

Guests who check in Sunday, March 28, will still be allowed but new bookings will not be accepted from March 29 to April 4, 2021.

Puyat reminded the hotels to adhere to the health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the DOT.

These facilities may employ only a skeleton workforce and the staff should be provided with free accommodation.

Regardless of quarantine status, hotels are not allowed to operate their restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms, spas, swimming pools, and conference or function halls unless they were permitted by the Department of Health or the Bureau of Quarantine to prepare packed meals for staff and guests or for takeout and delivery to the public.

Puyat said hotels have agreed to rebook guest bookings for free.

The DOT has categorized accommodation establishments into the following based on the nature of their operations:

  • Isolation facilities, for Covid-19 positive guests;
  • Quarantine hotels, for individuals who must undergo quarantine, such as returning overseas Filipinos; foreign nationals allowed entry to the country; those unable to quarantine in their homes; and health workers who need accommodation near their place of work; and
  • Regular hotels, which are neither isolation facilities nor quarantine hotels, and include hotels with issued certificates of authority to operate for staycation.

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