Defensor: Tourist spots, resorts in Iloilo won’t be closed this summer

Published May 7, 2021, 2:04 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. will allow tourist spots, including resorts in Iloilo, to be open this summer, as long as they follow health protocols against COVID-19.

Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. (Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a press conference Friday, Defensor clarified that resorts and other tourist destinations under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) are allowed by the national government.

“It is allowed as long as it can only allow 50 percent of its capacity,” Defensor reiterated.

Last month, Defensor was seriously considering closing tourist spots in the 42 towns and component city of Passi as gatherings of many people may contribute to surge of COVID-19 cases.

But Defensor pointed out that tourist spots have to implement the provincial government’s rules.

“For instance, resorts should only allow people from the same household to visit,” Defensor said.

The Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office headed by Gilbert Marin is coordinating with resorts and other tourist destinations for the implementation of minimum health standards, including wearing of face masks and ensuring physical distancing.

The provincial government is also allowing the operations of tourist establishments to help the local tourism sector, which has been negatively affected by the pandemic.