BAGUIO CITY – Baguio City administrators have talked with local lodging providers in preparation for loosening of quarantine measures that allow them to operate, even while the Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) threat remains in the city.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said, “we in the city government would like to know your suggestions, experiences, and the problems… so we can help you rise once again.”
The mayor’s executive assistant and lawyer Althea Alberto meanwhile bared Department of Tourism’s (DOT) guidelines for the operation of lodging establishments in areas under national quarantine measures.
Earlier, quarantine measures of varying degrees have been imposed by Malacañang over local government units based on recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Atty. Alberto said establishments with five rooms or more must secure certificate of authority to operate (CAO) from the DOT.
The DOT inspects the lodging facilities ensuring stringent health measures provided in its guidelines are in place.
Meantime, accommodation facilities with less than five rooms are inspected and issued the necessary certificates by the City Tourism Office (CTO) before they are allowed to receive guests.
Guests are welcome in the establishments for work or leisure.
Alberto however cautioned, the establishments are only allowed to operate at 50-percent capacity.
In-house services which include canteens, gyms or spas are likewise told to keep the lid at only 50-percent.
Alberto however stressed, those who make use of lodging establishment for leisure purposes must be from the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay (BLISTT) area.
Artemio A. Dumlao