FOR one month, five tourist destinations in Tublay, Benguet will be opened for Benguet residents who are asked to follow guidelines set by the local government unit.

On Thursday, January 7, Mayor Armando Lauro signed executive order 01 series of 2021 for the guidelines covering the operation of tourist areas in the town, namely: The Ridge Café and Polig’s Berry Farm in Barangay Ambassador and Asin-Tuel Hotsprings, Ahonda Caves, Rock Formations and Jungle Adventure and Balete Tree, which are all located in Barangay Tuel.

The identified sites will be open starting January 7 until February 7, 2021.

Lauro said the tourist destinations will be open only for Benguet residents who are required to present health declaration form and valid IDs.

“A clamor for the reopening of tourism sites and activities in the town has been considered by the local government in deep concern of the need of the stakeholders to restore their physical and mental state through visit of tourism sites in the locality,” he added.

The mayor said overcrowding is also prohibited. He asked his constituents to maintain social distancing, provide signs and markings to ensure that guests remain at least one meter apart and sign in the provided logbook at the entrance where the information must contain their full name, contact number, address, and body temperature.

The five identified tourist areas are asked to follow the prescribed carrying capacity within its operating hours presented by the LGU.

Personnel of the Tublay Municipal Police Station, barangay officials and designated health and safety protocol officer are tasked to oversee the compliance to health and safety protocols such as wearing of face mask, face shield, physical distancing, availability of hand sanitizers, or disinfectants.

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