Baguio Extends Suspension Of Non-Essential Travels


Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong extended until August 15 the suspension of non-essential travels to the Summer Capital regardless of place of origin as a preemptive measure against the threat of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Delta variant.

In an advisory, the mayor explained that “the extension of the temporary suspension of non-essential travels from all areas is appropriate and necessary, especially so that this is a crucial time to fully assess actions on border management, contact tracing, and patient management in all health facilities.”

On July 31, 2021, Baguio City announced that only travelers with indispensable purposes will be allowed to enter following border protocol such as registration to the website, presentation of valid identification card and negative RT-PCR test result valid for 72 hours prior to entry or Vaccination Passport for fully vaccinated individuals.

The same guideline will be implemented until August 15. Tourists are not allowed.

“Due to the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant, we must take necessary steps to mitigate its impact in our community,” mayor Magalong explained.

As preemptive measure, Baguio City is ramping up its efforts to increase its health care capacity, and acquire vital medicines and other medical supplies.
(Jessa Samidan, photo courtesy of BCPO-Pacdal Police Station 3)

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