September 27, 2020

UPDATED Guidelines for Staycations in Metro Manila during General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

Last Updated: July 30, 2021



Key Updates as of July 30, 2021
  • Metro Manila is placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions (GCQ-HR) from July 30 to August 05, 2021; and under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from August 06 to August 20, 2021. [10]
  • Hotel staycations are NOT allowed during GCQ-HR and ECQ. [10]
  • In-door as well as outdoor/al fresco dining in restaurants are also not allowed during GCQ-HR and ECQ. [10]




Source: Department of Tourism - Metro Manila



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Q1: Which hotels are allowed to accommodate guests for staycations?

Q2: Who are allowed to check-in for staycations?
  • Residents of areas under GCQ and MGCQ are allowed to check-in at Staycation Hotels in Metro Manila during GCQ. [7][9]
  • Guests of all ages are allowed to check-in for staycation. [5][9]

Q3: Can I bring my children during a staycation?
  • Children below 18 years old can join you for staycation. However, they are required to undergo RT-PCR (swab/saliva) test prior to check-in. [5]

Q4: Am I required to undergo Swab Test?
  • Due to the heightened restrictions in Metro Manila, all guests are required to undergo RT-PCR test prior to check-in. Exempted are fully vaccinated guests who are 18 years old and above. [9]
  • You are considered fully vaccinated at least two (2) weeks after having received your second dose. [8]

Q5: Can go on a staycation with friends or colleagues?
  • Yes, as long as you are all residents of areas under GCQ and MGCQ.
  • A government-issued ID is required upon check-in as proof of residence.

Q6: What are the documents required to be presented upon check-in?
  • Please prepare a government-issued ID with residence address.
  • A Barangay Certificate of Residence may also be presented as supporting document for government IDs without residence address.
  • Bring your COVID-19 domestic vaccination card as proof that you are already fully vaccinated. [8][9]

Q7: How many persons can share a room?
  • The maximum allowable guests staying in a guestroom at a given time shall be determined by the floor area of the guestroom:
    • below 30sqm: maximum of 2 persons
    • 30 to 39sqm: maximum of 3 persons
    • 40 to 49sqm: maximum of 4 persons
    • 50sqm and above: maximum of 5 persons

Q8: Are we allowed to use the swimming pool?
  • Staycation hotels are allowed to operate their swimming pools, subject to capacity restrictions set by the government.
  • Some hotels may require you to pre-book a time slot to use the swimming pool. Contact the hotel directly for more details.

Q9: Are visitors allowed in my room during a staycation?
  • No. Only guests registered during check-in are allowed to enter the guestrooms.
  • You can meet with your visitors at the hotel's common areas or dining outlets.

If you have other questions, you can send us an email at metrostaycation@gmail.com.




References
  1. Administrative Order No. 2020-002-B: Amending Further the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments Under the New Normal (September 25, 2020)
  2. Administrative Order No. 2020-006: Guidelines on the Operations of Accommodation Establishments for Staycation Purposes Under a General Community Quarantine (September 25, 2020)
  3. Administrative Order No. 2021-004: Updated Guidelines on the Operations of Hotels and other Accommodation Establishments under a Community Quarantine (May 12, 2021)
  4. IATF Resolution No. 117, s. 2021: Issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 27, 2021
  5. IATF Resolution No. 118-A, s. 2021: Issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 31, 2021
  6. DOT Advisory No. 6, s. 2021: Updated Operational Guidelines for DOT-Accredited Accommodation Establishments and Staycation Hotels Beginning June 1, 2021
  7. IATF Resolution No. 124, s. 2021: Issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on June 30, 2021
  8. IATF Resolution No. 124-B, s. 2021: Issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on July 2, 2021
  9. IATF Resolution No. 128, s. 2021: Issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on July 22, 2021
  10. IATF Resolution No. 130-A, s. 2021: Issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on July 29, 2021