Cebu Province prepares to reopen doors to all domestic tourists

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — Cebu Province is preparing to open its borders to leisure and tourism travelers from across the country to jumpstart the recovery of the local economy.

This was decided during Thursday's meeting between Governor Gwen Garcia and the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force, which backed her call for the revival of the Cebu economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the meeting, Garcia noted the guidelines issued by the COVID-19 National Task Force for areas under modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine that allows movement across borders with minimum requirements.

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Specific guidelines will be completed in a week, while the date of opening will be announced after these are approved.

Initially, tourists who wish to stay in resorts and hotels will only need to show their pre-booked reservations upon travel. On the other hand, those who want to try tourism activities or visit sites will need to register ahead at the Capitol's tourism portal, discover.Cebu.Gov.PH.

Also present in the meeting were representatives from the Interior, Tourism, and Health departments.

The Task Force will again meet next week with tour operators, and shipping and airline companies.

Earlier, local authorities allowed the reopening of some tourist spots, but only to travelers within the province.