Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan would ask the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) anew to lift the age restrictions on hotel and resorts accommodation.
Chan said allowing those 21 years old and below, and senior citizens to check-in with their families would bring back the city’s tourism vibes.
The mayor urged hotels and resorts to ensure the minimum health and safety protocols, such as wearing a face mask, face shield, and following social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Chan added that he had already sent a letter to the IATF regarding the appeal, and he was still waiting for the task force’s response.
“Mao na’y atong gipaabot no, naa na tay suwat niana. Kung mahimo, kay magbalik turismo naman ta, balik na ang atong mga hotels and resorts nga mag-operate, which mostly mo-check-in sa mga hotels and resorts are families,” said Chan.
(That is what we are waiting for. I have already sent written a letter. Suppose it would be possible because we are trying to bring back tourism to the city. We are bringing them back to hotels and resorts that have started to operate anew, where mostly those who would check-in in these hotels and resorts are families.)
“Ang pamilya dunay mga anak, dunay mga ginikanan, Since it’s a whole family, I hope nga IATF will consider nga i-allow lang nila kadtong mga naka-booking, naka-check-in sa mga hotels and resorts,” Chan said.
(The family has children, has parents. Since it is a whole family, I hope the IATF will consider allowing them [to enter hotels and resorts]. Those who have already booked and those who are already checked in with hotels and resorts.)
Earlier, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, spokesperson of the Department of Health (DOH)-7, advised the public not to include minors and senior citizens to travel for leisure to protect them from the virus.
However, Chan said that they would also need a balance of reviving the economy and ensuring the safety of the people.