Cops tighten watch on tourist, leisure spots

Motorcycle riders are checked by members of the Manila police at a checkpoint area at the boundary of Manila and Quezon City in this file photo.

National Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar reminded on Monday all police units to closely monitor the reopening of tourist destinations and other leisure spots in Metro Manila and nearby provinces and ensure that Covid-19 health protocols are observed.

Metro Manila and the four nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, collectively known as NCR Plus, have been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

Over the weekend, people have started visiting outdoor tourist attractions, which were allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity. Some areas in Intramuros such as the Fort Santiago and the Baluarte de San Diego, are expected to be reopened on Monday.

Eleazar said that while he understand the excitement of most Filipinos to finally go outdoors for leisure, people still need to take the necessary precautions against Covid-19 infection.

“Inaasahan na namin ang pagdami ng mga taong magsisilabasan 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. [We expect people to come out in droves following the adjustment on capacities allowed in establishments. The police will monitor their compliance closely],” he said.

Eleazar reminded the public that unless specifically accredited or authorized by the Department of Tourism for permitted leisure activities, people would not be allowed to cross the NCR Plus bubble boarders.

“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,” he said.

The PNP chief directed 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 also reminded the management of businesses allowed to operate, including tourist spots and leisure areas, to strictly abide by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Diseases guidelines on capacity rates and impose minimum health safety protocols on their patrons.

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