On September 27, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that staycations in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) within the National Capital Region (NCR) are now allowed “for all ages”.
Travelers can now enjoy short-term leisure stays in 4- and 5-star hotels in GCQ areas, provided they do not have comorbidity or other medical conditions that render them at high risk for contracting COVID-19.
Travelers must also abide by these guidelines set by the DOT:
- Present a negative antigen test result after a rapid antigen test (RAT) conducted on the day they check in to a hotel.
- Cashless transactions are required for booking and payment to avoid contact between guests and hotel staff.
- Leisure amenities and function areas can be used by guests while observing safety protocols. These areas include food and beverage facilities (including bars), restaurants, gyms, and swimming pools.
- The establishment should be in an area that is at least under GCQ and has the DOT Certificate of Authority to Operate. This ensures that the hotel adhered to the safety standards set by the DOT in terms of number of guests per room, disinfection protocols, and more.