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DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM (DOT) GUIDELINES
ON ISLAND AND BEACH OPERATIONS
 
 
The Department of Tourism (DOT) published the guidelines on island and beach operations and health and safety protocols under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) in relation to the “new normal”.
 
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF ISLAND AND BEACH DESTINATIONS UNDER THE NEW NORMAL: DOT Memorandum Circular No. 2020-007
  • This Circular shall apply to all Beach and Island Destinations in areas where Community Quarantine is no longer in place.
 
PRE-ENTRY POLICY
  1. All guest who intend to stay for at least one night in the Island or Beach Destination must present a confirmed booking at a DOT-Accredited Accommodation Establishments. These establishments are available at the Port of Entry for easy reference.
*Note: No walk-in guests allowed.
  1. Online modes of reservation and payment using online or mobile payment application shall be utilize by the Accommodation Establishments and other Tourism Enterprises in Island or Beach Destinations.
  2. Mandatory Guest Screening at the Port of Entry prior to entry to the Island or Beach Destinations through:
a. Body temperature checking with the use of thermal scanner or thermometer gun; and
b. Completion of Health Declaration Form prior to boarding of any transport service– through a mobile application or other contactless means.
*Note: Only guests that accomplish the two screening requirements shall be allowed to enter the Island or Beach Destination.
  1. Mandatory Dissemination of Rules and Regulations, Safety, and Health-Related Information at the Port of Entry.
 
SAFETY PROTOCOLS
  1. Names of guests with confirmed bookings must be available in the Port of Entry. Guests without booking confirmations shall be allowed if they are part of the Day Tour or can present a return ticket scheduled within the same day.
  2. “No Face Mask, No Entry Policy” shall be strictly observed except for infants below two (2) years old. Children ages between 2-8 years old must use facemask with adult supervision.
  3. Physical distancing of at least 1 meter space shall be strictly observed.
  4. The practice of Filipino Brand of Service (FBS) or the “Mabuhay Gesture” in greeting the guests, as well as other forms of contactless greeting, is highly encourage.
 
SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR PERSONNEL
  1. All personnel attending to guests shall use proper PPE.
  2. All personnel extending assistance to guests that require physical contact shall use gloves.
  3. Frequent hand cleaning and respiratory etiquette must be strictly observed.
 
PROTOCOLS IN PUBLIC AREAS: Beach
  1. Installed reminder signs in strategic locations visible to all guests.
  2. Physical distancing must be ensured by beach marshals that are may be designated by Local Government Unit (LGU) or floor markers, flags, lines or other devices is highly encouraged
  3. Lifeguards on duty is must under Memorandum Circular 03-14 issued by the Philippine Coast Guard.
  4. Mass gatherings and group events shall comply with relevant national and local government unit issuances.
  5. Sanitation stations and handwashing areas must be installed in strategic locations.
  6. Frequent sanitation and disinfection to highly-touched surface must be conducted.
  7. Trash bins must be available and accessible.
  8. Public Restrooms must meet the requirements and qualifications prescribed under the ASEAN Public Toilet Standards.
 
EFFECTIVITY
  • This Circular shall take effect immediately and shall remain effective until otherwise suspended.
 
 
GUIDELINES FOR LEISURE AND TOURISM OPERATIONS OF ISLAND AND BEACH DESTINATION UNDER A MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (MGCQ): DOT Administrative Order No. 2020-004
 
  1. The conduct of leisure and tourism activities or travel in Island or Beach Destination under ECQ, MECQ and GCQ shall be strictly prohibited.
  2. The tourism travel under MGCQ shall shall be subject to the regulations of the LGU concerned.
 
Sources:
  • CNN Philippines
  • Department of Tourism Facebook Page – DOT Memorandum Circular No. 2020-007
  • Department of Tourism Facebook Page – DOT Administrative Order No. 2020-004
 
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