These Destinations in Luzon are on Tourist Lockdown
Stay home, stay healthy!
(SPOT.ph) Following the declaration of a state of public health emergency on March 8 throughout the country due to COVID-19, the local government units in several cities and municipalities have decided to close major tourist destinations to both local and foreign guests. The move has been made in the hopes that it would prevent the spread of the virus.
These tourist destinations have been closed as a precaution, with all tourist-related activities suspended:
- Mt. Pulag National Park in Benguet – temporary closure from March 10 onwards
- Flower farms in Atok, Benguet and Tinglayan, Kalinga - closed since February 6
- Bontoc, Mountain Province - tourist guides are directed to avoid receiving local and foreign guests
- Sagada, Mountain Province – tourist guides are directed to refrain from assisting guests to undergo any tours
- Barlig, Mountain Province – temporary suspension of all tourism activities
- Mt. Apo in Bansalan, Davao del Sur – only trekkers and travelers from Regions 10 to 12 are allowed
- Jomalig Island in Quezon – closed to both domestic and foreign tourists from March 11 onwards
- Cagbalete Island in Quezon – closed to both domestic and foreign tourists from March 10 to 23
- Dingalan, Aurora - 24/7 checkpoint for mandatory screening in all entrance and exit points and issuance of health card that will serve as pass
- Itbayat, Batanes – travel ban from March 9 onwards
These major festivals have been canceled:
- Imbayah Festival in Ifugao, Banaue
- Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City, Benguet
The Department of Health reiterates preventive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus: frequent and proper handwashing, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using your bent elbow, and social distancing of at least one meter.