The Cebu Provincial Government has implemented a two-pronged strategy in protecting constituents against the threat of the coronaviraus disease (COVID-19) as the province opened its different tourist attractions to visitors after months under strict quarantine.
Science and technology, along with a solid health regimen to boost people’s immune systems, will be relied on to safeguard Cebuanos from the deadly disease as the province is rebranding itself as a health and wellness destination consistent with its “new normal.”
Tourism activities will also support the Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) which aims to revive the local economy following months under lockdown.
Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia issued Executive Order 20-A outlining guidelines and protocols for allowed tourism operations as activities including swimming, whale shark watching, snorkeling, trekking, spelunking or caving, diving and island hopping will already be allowed under the province’s modified general community quarantine status.
The protocols also direct all resorts and other accommodation establishments to sanitize and sterilize their facilities using ultraviolet germicidal light beams which have been scientifically proven for killing viruses, bacteria and dust mites.
During her ongoing visits to the province’s 44 municipalities and seven cities, Garcia has also been consulting with respective local governments on the health protocols to be implemented as tourism reopens.
Frontline staff such as receptionists, waiters, busboys, briefers and servers are required to wear face masks and face shields in the course of their work, while regular temperature checks will be conducted prior to reporting to work every day.
Accommodation establishments are also advised to strictly follow a 50 percent operating capacity and employ health protocols on social distancing, sanitation and frequent hand-washing.
Vehicles transporting guests to and from the destination sites must not be air-conditioned to prevent transmission, but if this is not possible, air purification systems should be installed in the vehicle.
Expected activities to resume include diving in Moalboal, whale shark watching in Oslob and swimming in the waterfalls and beaches in Badian.