Get Ready: Staycations in GCQ Areas Have Been Given the Green Light

According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

(SPOT.ph) Looks like a vacation might still be possible this 2020—with restrictions, of course. Staycations at hotels and other accomodations will soon be allowed in areas under general community quarantine, as per the national government. This move was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force as a possible exploration into tourism under the new normal, confirmed the Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

A room at the Crowne Plaza undergoing disinfection.
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COURTESY OF CROWNE PLAZa / SPOT.ph Archives

While the official start date is yet to be announced, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has made some rules clear from the get-go. "A staycation shall involve a minimum overnight stay for leisure purposes in a DOT-accredited Accommodation Enterprise located in proximity with one’s residence," Puyat told Inquirer.net

This means that if you're a resident of Metro Manila, you can only have your staycation within Metro Manila—so no unecessary travel outside your borders just yet! Several hotels in Metro Manila have already introduced adjustments and new safety measures amid the pandemic. 

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An official memorandum will be released by the DOT, which will outline "specific regulations on all aspects involved in this activity ranging from the maximum allowable number of persons in a guestroom to use ancillary services such as restaurants and recreational areas," said Puyat.

Metro Manila is currently under general community quarantine (GCQ). The capital region has 138,928 recorded positive COVID-19 cases as of writing, according to the Department of Health tracker.

Main image courtesy of Crowne Plaza; for illustrative purposes only.

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