After being banned for a few months due to an increase in COVID-19 infections, staycations are now allowed to resume in the National Capital Region, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced. 

The decision to lift the temporary ban will come alongside the easing of the region’s alert level to 3 on October 16. 

“Individuals of all ages may check-in for staycation. However, to ensure safety of all guests, only those 18 years old and above who are fully vaccinated shall be allowed to book their stay,” DOT stressed. 

According to DOT, only accredited staycation hotels with government-issued safety seal certification will be allowed to operate and accept staycation guests. 

Here’s the list of accredited hotels provided by the department: 

Photo from DOT

The department noted that these hotels are allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity. 

“This is also very timely, knowing that that the holiday season is fast approaching. Family gatherings are part of the Filipino culture, which makes this an important period for leisure travels and bookings,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat shared. 

Romulo-Puyat said the resumption of staycations will boost the tourism sector and will open job opportunities for Filipinos who’ve been displaced. 

“We welcome the easing of restrictions under the current alert level. The resumption of tourism-related activities in select areas will not only aid hotels and establishments in gradually earning revenue, but will also translate into the restoration of jobs for our displaced tourism workers, especially now that the holiday season is fast approaching,” she explained. 

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