Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Monday announced that tourists from the National Capital Region and nearby provinces would temporarily be banned following the latest travel restrictions enforced amid the rising COVID-19 infections.
Magalong said this would affect the number of tourists who plan to visit the City of Pines, especially during the Lenten season.
"Because of this recent issuance of Resolution 104 by IATF, we will also make the necessary adjustments... hindi tayo tatanggap ng tourists coming from NCR and some parts of Regions III and IV, specifically Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna..." Magalong said.
"That comprises about 70% of our visitors. So we're expecting a downtrend of our visitors especially this Holy Week and that's one way of controlling mobility. We need to control mobility," he added.
Over the weekend, the Philippine government announced new travel restrictions going to and from the bubble of Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.
Non-essential travel will no longer be allowed beginning March 22 until April 4 to help in preventing the further transmission of the virus.
In Baguio City, Magalong bared that they just had their active community testing for four days and that resulted in 30 positive cases out of 2,641 individuals.
To prevent COVID-19 transmission in the city, Magalong said offices should implement a 50% working capacity.—AOL, GMA News