DOH on group, family trips: Be ready to cancel if it’s not urgent, essential

“Let’s be flexible”
by John Paulo Aguilera | Mar 21, 2021
PHOTO: Dinzo Tabamo

The recent spike in COVID-19 infections has prompted Metro Manila mayors to implement a uniform 10pm-to-5am curfew in the capital region until March 31. Provincial leaders are also limiting movement in their respective areas, with Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla declaring Kaybiang Tunnel off-limits to tourists starting March 19.

On the other hand, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is encouraging domestic travel, albeit “responsibly,” according to Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. The reality is that people badly want to get together with their family and friends, but are faced with the dilemma of safety.

For Dr. Beverly Ho, who heads the Department of Health’s communication services, planning a group ride or a vacation trip is a question of timing. She explained during a session with Summit Media editors: “We have a lot to look at in the next few weeks. Sana po lahat kayo mas more tentative. Let’s be flexible.

“Once the cases improve in the next few weeks, then perhaps that’s a possibility (for travel), but if we’re not able to manage it as well as we should be, then let’s be ready to cancel our trips lalo na kung hindi naman siya urgent at essential.”

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Among the primary considerations for travel are the high-risk members of your household, as well as the safety your destination. The elderly and individuals with comorbidities are obviously in danger of severe infection. The place where you intend to stay, meanwhile, must be DOT-accredited and comply with COVID-19 protocols.

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Ho added: “Is it being physically out of the house that’s needed? And if so, we don’t have the restrictions we had last year. Now, mas stronger din yung advocacy namin for open spaces, people to be able to bike outside, makapag-community playgrounds.”

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.

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