THE top cop of the Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded all police units to keep a close watch on leisure spots, other tourist attractions in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna provinces
PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar gave this reminder as the NCR and the above-mentioned provinces, which comprise the NCR Plus Bubble, have been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.
Just this weekend, people flocked to popular outdoor tourist attractions that were allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity. Spots n Intramuros like Fort Santiago and the Baluarte de San Diego are opened to visitors today, Monday (May 17).
PGen Eleazar reminded the people that even thought they are excited to go outdoors and enjoy the summer, the necessary precautions to prevent COVID-19 infection should still be strictly observed.
“Inaasahan na namin ang pagdami ng mga taong magsisilalabasan dahil nga nagkaroon ng adjustments sa allowed capacity rates ng ating business establishments at leisure areas. Ito ay amin nang napaghandaan at mahigpit na babantayan,” he said.
But PGen. Eleazar reminded the public that unless specifically accredited or authorized by the Department of Tourism, for permitted leisure activities, they will not be allowed to cross the NCR Plus bubble borders.
“We ask our kababayan within the NCR Plus to restrict their travel within the Bubble. At para naman doon sa mga nasa labas ng Bubble, huwag na po nating pilitin na pumasok pa unless essential travel po ang inyong lakad,” said PGen. Eleazar.
He reminded police units to be on the lookout for violations of minimum public health safety protocols and to coordinate closely with local government units in securing tourist attractions and leisure spots.
He further said, “Bagama’t naiintindihan po namin na sabik na lumabas ng kani-kanilang mga bahay ang ating mga kababayan, gusto lang po naming magbigay ng paalala na posibleng mas tumagal pa tayo sa ganitong sitwasyon kung tayo ay lalabag sa IATF guidelines at hindi susunod sa minimum health safety protocols.”
He added that the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant from India is now in the country and therefore, stricter observance of the health protocols is needed.
PGen Eleazar appealed to the public, “Kung hindi po talaga natin maiiwasan ang paglabas, remember to always wear your face masks and face shields and observe physical distancing.”
He also reminded the management of businesses allowed to operate, including tourist spots and leisure areas, to strictly abide by the IATF guidelines on capacity rates and impose minimum health safety protocols on their patrons.