HRRAC: Isolation hotels being developed in Cebu

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Isolation hotels are now being developed in Cebu, said the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association in Cebu (HRRAC) during the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) Philippine Innovation Month VisMin Edition forum on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

Alfred Reyes, the new president of HRRAC, told SunStar Cebu that initially there are three hotels in Cebu transitioning to become isolation hotels.

He said this would complement the current inventory of quarantine hotels servicing returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and seafarers.

"Currently being developed are the isolation hotels basically for the asymptomatic and positive citizens," he said in the BCYF online forum for tourism innovation in pandemic times.

Bed capacity

As of Feb. 2, 2021, there are 25 transiting and quarantine hotels for ROFs and balikbayans with a total bed capacity of 1,192.

Ten of the hotels are located in Cebu City while 15 are in Lapu-Lapu City.

The Cebu City-based quarantine hotels allocated 706 beds while the Lapu-Lapu City hotels allocated 486.

Quarantine or staycation

Reyes said that the Department of Tourism issued an administrative order allowing hotels and resorts to operate under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified GCQ by choosing if they want to be a quarantine or staycation hotel and resort.

"There are 25 hotels and resorts that opted to be quarantine hotels, ranging from one-star to four-star hotels. In the staycation category, majority of the members are from three- to five-star hotels," he said. (JOB)