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Planning for the weekend? 32 Metro Manila hotels allowed for staycation from Oct. 16

By Tanya Lara Published Oct 15, 2021 2:33 pm

If you’re fully vaccinated, it’s a staycation waiting to happen without the extra step of getting a COVID test—one of the perks of getting vaccinated and a step closer to feeling normal in this pandemic.

If you’re unvaccinated, however, you need a negative RT-PCR test taken not more than 48 hours from check-in at a hotel.

The Department of Tourism released Oct. 14 a list of Metro Manila hotels it has issued a Certificate of Authority for Staycation from Oct. 16 to 31.

There is no age restriction for all guests (vaxxed or not)—but those of vaccination age (18 and above) need to present their vax cards. Otherwise, they need an RT-PCR test “to ensure safety of all guests.”

The DOT said in a statement posted on its Facebook page, “Staycations shall be allowed at 100 percent operational capacity under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31, 2021. Under the amended guidelines, only DOT-accredited staycation hotels with Safety Seal certification will be allowed to accommodate staycation guests.”

No COVID test required for the fully vaccinated; RT-PCR negative test needed for the unvaxxed.

NCR is currently under the more relaxed quarantine classification Alert Level 3.

Under Alert Level 3, intrazonal and interzonal travel is allowed. Restaurants and other indoor venues can accommodate 30% capacity for fully vaccinated people; and 50% capacity for outdoor venues for fully vaccinated.

Also allowed are MICE events (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions), social events such as birthdays, weddings, debuts, reunions, etc.

The alert level also allows the opening of amusement parks, recreational venues, cinemas, religious gatherings, personal care establishments and gyms.