With our cancelled trips for summer and vacay due to lockdown, what we’ve always been looking forward to is the reopening of our tourism. Good news, Cebuanos!
The Provincial Capitol of Cebu is already preparing for the reopening of the tourism industry in Cebu. This is in lieu to the preparation as the province shifts to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Tourism activities in the countryside of Cebu may re-open soon as the province shifts to MGCQ this July. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Whale Shark Watching
- Thresher Shark Watching
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in a virtual press conference with the members of the Interagency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), said that the province will be focusing on reopening the tourism industry.
“Since tourism activities have been halted, there are many who are out of work,”– Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia
The Tourism of Cebu has been in hault die to the pandemic, leaving those who have been depending on tourism in a struggle during this crisis.
Garcia had said that instead of viewing tourism as a leisure activity, which likes are being discouraged due to the threat of COVID-19, the provincial government views tourism as an economic driver.
“We will focus now on the resumption of tourism activities in many of our towns, such as whale watching, canyoneering, thresher shark watching, and a lot of other activities,”– Governor Garcia
The tourist spots in Cebu province are still closed as of this writing. The Cebu Governor has yet to release the official guidelines.
Virus cases are under reported by at least 10 fold. Too many people have had little to no income for too long. Backriding on a motorcycle is still illegal. Foreigners, who bring new money to the Philippines are shut out. Most residents of Cebu City are tightly locked down, maybe until September. 21 + under, and 60 + up, are locked down 24/7, indefinitely.
Fair to say that tourism in Cebu will take a very long time to return, years probably.
God bless + good luck! Let us know how things work out for you.