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No hotel operations for now amid COVID-19 outbreak

By VIANCA GAMBOA

Hotels, resorts, and similar establishments will pause operations in strict accordance with the Enhanced Community Quarantine until April 14 to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, but there will be exceptions.

In a press briefing held by Inter-Agency Task Force last Tuesday night, March 17, Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles said that hotels and similar establishments are prohibited to accept new bookings and should be limited to provisionary basic lodging for guests and the following: existing booking accommodations  from foreigners as of March 17, guests with existing long-term lease, and employees from exempted establishments under the provisions of the March 16, 2020 Memorandum from the Executive Secretary, and subsequent modifications and clarifications.

Sec. Nograles also noted that the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) or any online gambling firm are included among establishments that are prohibited to operate for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine.

Senator Nancy Binay earlier suggested to repurpose hotel sites as makeshift quarantine centers since these establishments practice high sanitation protocols and it is also a potential space to augment the limited bed capacity for persons under investigation who are admitted to the local private and government hospitals.

“It’s only a matter of time when LGUs (local government units) will be overwhelmed with many Covid-related concerns. Perhaps, they can explore and study the possibility of engaging local hotels and establishments of similar nature and convert them as temporary quarantine centers,” she said in a statement.

 



Source: Manila Bulletin

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