The Department of Tourism reminded establishments that families are allowed to share rooms in quarantine hotels and resorts.
DOT made the announcement on Thursday (July 22) after reports reached their department of accredited accommodations implementing a “one room, one person” policy even for those who come from the same household.
“We have received reports that some DOT-Accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels have been implementing a one-room-one-person policy even for travelers coming from the same household. While the Department is aware of the downturns that the pandemic brought to the tourism industry, particularly the accommodation sector, we would like to reiterate that all DOT-accredited establishments must strictly follow the guidelines released by the Department to avoid confusion among travelers who need to quarantine,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.
“We all share the same struggles but it is imperative that we implement the right policies to help our kababayans who want to return to the country,” she added.
According to DOT’s Administrative Order No. 2021-004-A, the ‘one room, one person’ policy only applies to those who are not from the same family or household.
Meanwhile, the sharing of accommodation is allowed for those who live in the same home and for people who require companions such as minors, the elderly, or those with disabilities.
After the pandemic took root in the country, restrictions have been put in place to prevent further devastation, which negatively affected tourism in the country.
However, this second half of 2021 domestic tourism is starting to recover as more restrictions are being pulled back.
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