In Quezon, tourist sites reopen with caution



HIDDEN PLACE The community of Palsabagon in Pagbilao, Quezon features waterfalls that have yet to be discovered by tourists. The province has begun the gradual reopening of its beaches, nature parks and other destinations as quarantine restrictions are relaxed. —PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK KEVIN QUEAÑO

LUCENA CITY – Quezon has reopened its doors to tourists as part of more relaxed quarantine measures now in place in the province to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Tourist sites in the towns of Sariaya, Dolores, Tiaong and Atimonan welcome locals and non-residents alike, but health protocols will be observed to prevent transmission of COVID-19, provincial tourism officer Alberto Bay said on Wednesday in a report. report.

Authorization to operate

Bay said the towns of General Nakar, Lucban, Mauban, Candelaria, San Andres, Calauag and the island municipality of Quezon have also resumed tourist activities, but will only accept residents of the province.

“We update the list every week because local governments also change their [quarantine] status, ”Bay said Thursday.

He said 54 establishments in different cities of the province, mainly restaurants, hotels and resorts, had received provisional certificates of authorization to operate.

Tourists, he said, would be required to present their latest medical certificates and health clearances issued by relevant government agencies, while foreigners would be required to show their travel passes.

Bay said seniors and those under the age of 21 were still prohibited from traveling for their leisure, although they may be permitted to enter a tourist destination based on guidelines issued by the relevant local government. Quezon is under the most lenient modified general community quarantine status until September 30.

Local attractions

The coast of Sariaya, along Tayabas Bay, has rows of resorts and is a nesting site for sea turtles, while Dolores at the foot of Mount Banahaw offers areas for agricultural tourism and is perfect for nature lovers.

San Andres and Atimonan offer waterfalls and beaches. Atimonan promotes the lush Quezon National Park, where the “Pinagbanderahan” summit, the site where guerrillas raised the Philippine flag during WWII, attracts history buffs. —DELFIN T. MALLARI JR.

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