M.anila, Philippines – Tourism Minister Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced today that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease Management (IATF-EID) has empowered the DOT to determine (up to) 100% allowable operating capacity ) for hotels, including overnight hotels, in areas covered by Modified Community Quarantine (MGCQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
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However, Puyat emphasized that “the decision to open at 100% operational capacity depends on the decision of the hotel management and compliance with security guidelines”.
The announcement follows the approval of Resolution No. 79 by the IATF-EID on October 15. This resolution replaces the provision that tourist accommodation in areas under GCQ may only work with a skeletal workforce, and now provides that such operations can be carried out regulated by the emissions from relevant national agencies such as the DOT.
For accommodation establishments in areas that fall under MGCQ, Resolution No. 79 provides that the DOT determines their permitted operating capacity from the previous provision for an operating capacity of a maximum of 50%. Operational capacity is defined by the IATF as the number of employees who are physically allowed to report to work on site.
This resolution also approves the relaxation of the interzonal and intrazonal movement, which is the predicate for the revitalization of domestic tourism. In addition, there is the need to prepare the entire tourism value chain, including the areas of accommodation, transport and tour operators. The tourism workforce, which has been badly affected since the community was closed, will most welcome it when the accommodation sector is at full capacity.
The tourism chief said the DOT will shortly issue the revised guidelines for the expanded operating capacity of hotels, including staycation hotels.
Previously, Puyat had directed all hotels and other tourism establishments in areas covered by GCQ to obtain a DOT Operating Stay (DCAOS) certificate prior to accommodating guests for this purpose.
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