Hundred Islands National Park reopens
Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2020 - 12:00am

ALAMINOS CITY , Philippines – The Hundred Islands National Park in this city will reopen to local tourists at 50 percent capacity starting next week.

Miguel Sison, city tourism officer, said this means only around 500 people would be accommodated per day.

Sison said health protocols, such as thermal scanning, foot baths, social distancing and wearing of face masks, would be strictly implemented to ensure the safety of visitors.

He said motorboats would be allowed to operate, also at 50 percent of their usual capacity.

Sison said there will be a gradual reopening of the park, starting with residents of this city in the first few weeks before it would accept local tourists from neighboring areas and other places.

He said the city government lost about P25 million in tourism revenues due to the community quarantine.

Weekend getaway

In Davao Oriental, known as Davao  region’s “weekend getaway,” around 300 tourism establishments, mostly beach resorts, hotels and restaurants, reopened on Friday last week.

The provincial task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 met with owners, operators and managers of the establishments to discuss the guidelines set by the Department of Tourism.

Accommodation establishments can open only at 50 percent capacity to ensure physical distancing. They should also implement minimum health protocols.

Visitors are required to wear face masks and fill out a health declaration form.

Tourism operators should also designate a space where guests with symptoms can be isolated. Edith Regalado

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