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‘Bubble Tourism’ opens in Bohol

GOVERNOR Arthur Yap has opened Bohol into “Bubble Tourism” where tourists are allowed to come and visit tourist destinations within five days.

Yap said they have simple rules guided by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in Manila.

He said a tourist and his family must have negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) within 72 hours before travel.

They can stay within their bubbles. They can stay at their hotel, and free to go around the beach, but are prohibited to mix with locals.

“This is what Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Puyat said as Bubble Tourism,” Yap said.

Within five days, tourists can go to tourist destinations with tour guides and transportation arranged by an accredited tourist operator.

“No do it yourself tour this time,” Yap said.

This is the difference be tween tourists and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) or Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are living back with their respective community. Even if LSI and OFW have negative PCR required, they shall get acceptance by health officer of concerned Local Government Unit (LGU), plus 14 days quarantine.

Technically, Yap issued three-part year-end reports on the responses to the pandemic so the people may know.

The first report was about the anti-Covid cases and anti-Covid performance.

The second and third of his year-end report will follow soon.

In the first report, Yap said Bohol was the first province to order a lockdown to all domestic sea and air travelers last March 16, 2020 resulting to low Covid cases.

“We have tightened our procedures to protect all people in Bohol. But we are open to the reality on the ground,” Yap said.

Under IATF order, all senior citizens must stay at home all the times. But after one month of lockdown in Bohol, Yap allowed senior citizens to go out at least three times a week for important purposes

. “We realized that it is not proper to lock up people,” Yap said.

In Metro Manila, minors who are 21 years old and below must stay at home at all times. But in Bohol, Yap allowed all minors to go out of their house at least twice a week.

He said it was harvest season when Covid-19 hit Bohol. During the lockdown, Yap allowed farmers and fishermen, including senior citizens and minors to continue their livelihood in agricultural and marine sectors. ELIAS O. BAQUERO