No staycations allowed in ECQ areas – DOT

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
totalITemsFound:
maxPaginationLinks: 10
maxPossiblePages:
startIndex:
endIndex:

Lenten staycationers in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces will have to reschedule their plans as the Tourism Department said operations of staycation hotels are temporarily suspended. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — Lenten staycationers in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces will have to reschedule their plans as the Tourism Department said operations of staycation hotels are temporarily suspended.

In a text message to CNN Philippines, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat confirmed the news after Malacañang announced the imposition of the strictest form of lockdown in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna from March 29 to April 4.

The DOT said only quarantine hotels will be allowed to operate during the one-week ECQ period.

In a statement, the agency also said quarantine hotels should strictly enforce minimum health and safety protocols, warning violators may face "fines, suspension, or cancellation of accreditation, depending on the gravity of offense."

The department said staycation hotels will allow clients to rebook their accommodations without penalties.

Puyat also confirmed financial assistance will be extended to tourism stakeholders through the Labor Department's implementation of the Bayanihan 2 Act.

Staycations were initially allowed during the imposition of the NCR Plus bubble, subject to age restrictions and health conditions of family members. After the government's announcement of tighter restrictions Saturday night, non-essential travel and industries were once again suspended in a bid to reduce COVID-19 transmissions in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.

READ: Despite COVID-19 surge, staycations within NCR Plus bubble still allowed

The country recorded over 9,500 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the second time in one week that it breached the 9,000-daily case mark.