Minors and seniors can now breathe a sigh of relief for they may now have the chance to travel and visit local tourist spots.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) announced that age restrictions for tourists aged 15 years old below and above 65 may be lifted by the local government unit (LGU) in areas that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
IATF Resolution No. 84, dated November 19, 2020:
- The aforementioned age restrictions for travelers for tourism purposes may be relaxed upon the determination of local government units, and subject to prior consultation with the DOT, DOH, and DILG and the development of specific guidelines for this purpose
- Relaxed entry protocols for airline crew layovers during emergencies, which include typhoons, volcanic activities, diversions, and emergency landings, and other similar unforeseen and time-sensitive evacuations. They will be allowed to temporarily billet in accommodation establishments under a “bubble” concept supervised by the LGUs.
As of November 2020, only the Cebu Province and Lapu-Lapu City allow minors and senior citizens to travel for leisure. Cebu City and Mandaue City have yet to issue a new executive order lifting the age restriction.
With the relaxed restrictions, we must stay vigilant in keeping up with the health protocols for our safety and for the safety of others. Remember, wearing a mask is a sign of respect.