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DOT issues staycation guidelines for areas in GCQ

The Department of Tourism has released a set of guidelines for a safer "staycation" in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The guidelines came more than a week after the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) gave its approval to “staycations” in areas under GCQ amid the pandemic.

On Unang Balita Wednesday, Mariz Umali reported that DOT is allowing anyone to go on a "staycation" except those who are ill.

According to the report, a negative antigen test result is required on the day of the guest's check-in.

Additionally, accommodation establishments — hotels, essentially — are required to have a DOT certificate of authority for staycations.

The establishments are also mandated to follow guidelines in terms of the number of guests accommodated for each room.

Except bars, other facilities within the establishment — like gyms, restaurants, and swimming pools — are allowed.

DOT is also requiring cashless transactions and for the establishments to submit their record of occupancy to the department every month.

According to a previous report on "24 Oras alert," based on the recommendation of DOT, individuals may stay in accredited accommodation enterprises of the DOT within the area they are already living in. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News