TOURISM Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has warned DOT-accredited hotels currently used as quarantine hotels to refrain from accepting guests for staycation purposes.
This, after reports reached the DOT about some quarantine hotels which have brazenly admitted guests for leisure purposes.
“This is not acceptable and should not be tolerated. Our guidelines explicitly prohibit the use of quarantine hotels for staycation purposes and vice-versa. We call on owners and operators of these accommodation establishments (AEs) to be more vigilant and strict about these protocols. We all are hard at work setting the environment to restore businesses and bring back job and livelihood opportunities to benefit our people who rely on tourism,” the Secretary stressed.
Quarantine hotels are likewise barred from operating their ancillary establishments such as spas, bars, gym and the like.
First time offenders will be meted stern warning and/or a penalty of not less than P1,000 but not more than P10,000 based on the gravity of the offense.
Second time offenders will be charged three (3) months to one (1) year suspension and/or a fine of P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00 based on the gravity of the offense.
Third time offenders stand to have their accreditation revoked or cancelled and/or meted a fine P20,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 based on the gravity of the offense.Publication Source : People's Journal