The Office of the Municipal Mayor of Bontoc, Mt. Province has just announced the suspension of all tourism and crowd-drawing activities in the municipality of Bontoc, effective immediately and until further notice.
Suspension of Tourism Activities
Following the earlier issuance of Proclamation No. 922 by President Duterte declaring a State of Public Health due to the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, Bontoc Municipal Mayor Franklin C. Odsey ordered the temporary suspension of tourism and crowd-drawing activities through the Executive order No. 10, series of 2020 for the prevention and/or control of the spread of the disease.
According to the executive order, all tourist guides are directed against receiving guests, local or foreign, for any purpose, while travelers who are only passing by are advised to not linger within the municipality and instead proceed to their destination.
Gatherings considered crowd-drawing
The following activities that are considered crowd-drawing events are those that are comprised of one hundred (100) individuals or more. Some of these include:
- Family reunions;
- festivals, fiestas, and other merriments;
- school homecomings; and
- athletic events among others
While activities that draw crowds are temporarily suspended, the following are exempted for humanitarian considerations:
- Conducts of weddings and wakes of death relatives
– provided that the wedding celebrants or the family of the deceased undertakes precautionary measures to ensure that their visitors have not come from areas where confirmed COVID-19 cases exist and/or reported.
- Private and public school recognitions and/or Graduation/ Commencement Exercises
– provided that the program does not exceed five (5) hours.