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Philippines to allow hotels to resume operations at 50% capacity

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Philippines’ Department of Tourism will allow accommodations to resume operations at 50% capacity once the region has been placed under a modified general community quarantine.
Philippines’ Department of Tourism will allow accommodations to resume operations at 50% capacity once the region has been placed under a modified general community quarantine. Photo Credit: Getty Images

MANILA – Hotels in the Philippines will be allowed to resume normal operations at 50% capacity once the area they operate in has been classified under a modified general community quarantine, according to Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT).

Currently, select hotels in areas with enhanced, modified enhanced and general community quarantine measures have been able to operate for guests such as long-stays, those under quarantine and employees in certain sectors like healthcare and government.

This also includes the reopening of amenities such as restaurants, cafe, bars, gyms and spas, which will also be operating at 50% capacity.

Currently, select hotels in areas with enhanced, modified enhanced and general community quarantine measures have been able to operate for guests such as long-stays, those under quarantine and employees in certain sectors like healthcare and government.

A modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is a more stringent measure than the general community quarantine (GCQ).

The DOT said that all accommodation establishments will need to have a DOT Certificate of Authority to Operate in order to resume commercial operations, including receiving guests as well as running in-house food facilities.

Accommodations will have to report the status of operations, including workforce, guests, food services and hygiene and safety procedures to the DOT every Friday.

Regions across the country are easing quarantine levels. Metro Manila has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine, while the majority of the country’s administrative regions have gone into modified enhanced community quarantine.

“It is important that we embrace the new normal and equip our industry stakeholders with the appropriate tools and knowledge to recover and succeed in the post-lockdown era,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in a Senate hearing.

The DOT is preparing to help the tourism sector transition safety once restrictions are lifted and domestic travel can resume.

“The DOT will identify these destinations based on places that highly depend on tourism for their local economy, will be under the MGCQ classification, and are relatively smaller destination where activities can be contained and better managed,” the DOT said.

Hotels to meet new guidelines post-Covid-19
Even after quarantine measures are completely lifted, hotels will need to adhere to strict new guidelines.

The guidelines cover areas such as guest handling, room occupancy, housekeeping, food and beverage services, kitchen sanitation and disinfection as well as business practices and management.

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