The Department of Tourism (DOT) led by Secretary Berna Romuo-Puyat on Saturday asked the local government units in Metro Manila to clarify the guidelines of its planned curfew in Metro Manila.
Earlier, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia said all Metro Manila mayors have agreed on the said move, and recommended the implementation starting March 15, as part of preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“In as much as this curfew will be implemented by Metro Manila LGUs thru the issuance of their respective ordinances, the DOT is respectfully requesting the LGUs to clarify the guidelines of the curfew so that public and tourism stakeholders are guided accordingly and that the best interests of everyone concerned are considered,” the agency said in a statement.
The agency also asked concerned LGUs to “possibly consider” that establishments, such as, but not limited to restaurants, hotels, groceries, convenience stores, and drugstores, which operate longer than the recommended curfew period, be allowed to operate on a limited scale.
“These establishments must be given sufficient lead time to prepare their personnel as well,” it said.