THE Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 has released the new normal health and safety guidelines for island and beach destinations under modified general community
Prior booking will now be required for guests who intend to stay for at least one night in the island or beach destination. No walk-in guests will be allowed. Such new guidelines are according to the memorandum circular 2020-007 issued by the DOT on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.
The DOT said guests must be screened at the port of entry. They will go through the mandatory body temperature check and are required to complete the Health Declaration Form (HDF) through a mobile application or other contactless means prior to boarding any transport service going to the island or beach destination.
Only guests who are cleared during temperature screening and have accomplished the HDF will be allowed to enter. Those with fever and flu-like symptoms will be referred to the doctor on duty, to the nearest hospital, or to the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team in accordance with the Department of Health prescribed protocol.
Names of guests with confirmed bookings must be available at the ports of entry.
Guests without confirmed bookings will be allowed entry only if they are part of a day tour activity or can present an outbound or return ticket scheduled within the same day.
A “No face mask, no entry policy” will also be strictly enforced.
Do’s and don’t’s
Guests are also reminded to observe physical distancing at all times. The DOT suggests the practice of “Mabuhay Gesture” in greeting and receiving guests upon arrival in the island.
Other forms of contactless greeting are also highly encouraged.
All personnel attending to guests shall use proper personal protective equipment such as face masks and/or face shields. Personnel extending assistance to guests that require physical contact such as carrying of luggage must also use gloves and practice precautionary measures, including frequent hand washing.
To properly monitor guests entering and exiting island destinations, strategic entry and exit points must be provided in coordination with the local authorities.
Public beaches must have reminder signs that are installed in strategic locations visible to all guests. Beach marshals may be designated by the local government units to ensure that guests observe physical distancing at all times. The use of floor markers, flags, lines or other devices is highly encouraged.
Moreover, under the new guidelines, concessions, shops, peddlers, ambulant vendors and food vending are strictly prohibited. Chairs, canopies, grills and other ancillary temporary structures are not allowed on the beach.
The DOT also reminded that mass gatherings and group events such as sports competitions, youth camps and other beach activities must comply with relevant national and local government unit issuances.
Meanwhile, public restrooms must meet the requirements and qualifications prescribed under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Public Toilet Standards and must be operational at all times. It must be cleaned and sanitized regularly every after two hours or as necessary. Public restrooms must be supplied clean water, hand soaps, 70 percent solution alcohol or alcohol-based sanitizers and tissue paper, or paper towel. / JOB