The government has allowed NCR Plus residents to tour areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas for all ages from June 1 to 15 but with conditions.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said travelers for local tourism must test negative for the COVID-19, and must abide by the local government policies they are going to.
Roque added that such a trip should be “point-to-point”.
NCR Plus covers Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna.
Roque added that outdoor non-contact sports, 30% operating capacity for venue meetings or conferences, 40% operating capacity for personal care services, and 30% outdoor tourist attractions are also allowed in areas in GCQ with heightened restrictions, including the Metro Manila.
Prior to that, the government initially only allowed “staycations” and point-to-point air travel in the NCR Plus area.
Earlier, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said they asked The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), to accept their recommendation to allow tourists to travel outside NCR Plus as long as they are virus negative because COVID-19 cases are already low in the area.
Puyat said such a move would help local tourism.
Earlier, the IATF also allowed resorts in GCQ areas to operate at 30% capacity starting June 1.