Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said Friday that four-star and five-star hotels have started accepting “staycation’’ guests in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

DILG - DILG: 4-star to 5-star hotels start accepting ‘staycation’ guests

In the Laging Handa news briefing, Densing said hotel guests are required to take the rapid antigen test which is more accurate than the regular rapid test.

Once the test results which are completed within 15 to 20 minutes come out negative, the guests may check in at the hotel.

Densing said that slowly opening the hotels for “staycation’’ and a change of scenery will help address the public’s mental health issues due to isolation or quarantine for a long period of time due to the pandemic.

He added that hotel guests of all ages can be accommodated for the “staycation.’’

Densing said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has approved the gradual opening of the country’s tourism industry to strike a balance between public health and the country’s economy.

He added that the Department of Tourism (DOT) will continue to accredit hotels where guests may book for a “staycation.’’

In Metro Manila, Densing said that six four-star and five-star hotels’ are open for “staycation’’ with the list found in the DOT website.

In the said briefing, Densing also emphasized the importance of enforcing the minimum health measures with the gradual opening up of the industries in the midst of the pandemic.

Aside from wearing face masks, face shields, observing social distancing, and frequent handwashing, Densing said the Department of Health (DOH) has now advised all establishments to have ventilation systems in their premises to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Since minimum health standards are enforced in all localities, Densing said the LGUs may also implement additional reasonable health and safety protocols.

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