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Iloilo tourist sites, resorts reopen

ILOILO CITY – More than five months of restrictions due to the high number of COVID-19 cases, tourist destinations and resorts in Iloilo province have finally reopened.

In Executive Order No. 2021-575, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. now allows visitors to visit beaches, ecological parks, inland resorts, water parks or amusement parks in the 42 towns and the city component of Passi.

This was after the national government downgraded Iloilo province to general community quarantine (GCQ) status effective October 16.

Residents bathe in a dam in the town of Maasin, in the province of Iloilo. (Tara Yap / Manila Bulletin)

For months, the province of Iloilo was under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and was also under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from July 16 to 31. Based on national government policy, leisure travel or tourism is not permitted under the MECQ or ECQ.

With the resumption of tourism and other leisure activities, resort and inland resort sites can only allow 50 percent of their capacity.

The Provincial Tourist Office of Iloilo, headed by Gilbert Marin, will coordinate with industry players for the proper implementation of health protocols.

These tourism-related places must also adhere to guidelines established by both the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Trade and Industry.


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