To support the recovery of tourism, Lapu-Lapu City, which is home to Cebu’s airport and posh resorts, has done away with all restrictions to enter the area.
On Friday, March 5, Mayor Junard Chan announced that public health and safety standards would continue to be strictly enforced with a fine or community service for violators.
The mayor’s move was welcomed by Cindi King-Chan, chairwoman of the City Tourism, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (TCHAC), as it would be a great advantage to the city’s tourism players.
The secretary to the mayor, Mesaelle Tejano said the city does not require a letter of acceptance, travel endorsements, travel authority issued by the Joint Task Force Shield, medical certificate and swab test from domestic travelers.
This would benefit domestic tourists, authorized persons outside residence (APOR) and returning residents, Tejano said.
Yet the city has to seek clarification with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emergence Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as to whether or not the removal of the RT-PCR test as a travel requirement applies to returning overseas Filipinos and foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines.
Cebu being one of the first cities outside Metro Manila to receive Covid19 vaccines gives the impression it would be the first to be safe against the virus, said Shahlimar Hofer Tamano, director of the Department of Tourism in Central Visayas.
As the city relaxes its travel restrictions, it willtighten its monitoring of errant residents. Violators of health protocols like wearing of face masks and face shields and social distancing can opt to pay a fine of P1,000 or do community service.