Feb 26, 2020

The eco-tourism ban in the mountain town of Sagada has been lifted after its implementation two weeks ago on Feb. 18. The ban was carried out to control safety measures against the threats of the new coronavirus now called COVID-19.

Sagada Mayor James Pooten, Jr. has reopened the doors to the public as long as the tourists undergo new regulations. Ecotourism activities will ensue except for spelunking (in order to avoid close contact among visitors) and sunrise viewing (in order to avoid mass gatherings.)

Tours will only start at 7 a.m. and visitors will need to undergo health screenings upon arrival. The screenings will be done upon registering at the tourist information center, when checking in at accomodations, and before a tour starts.

The local government has asked innkeepers, owners of private establishments and tour guides to implement the necessary protocols for COVID-19.

Treks to Marlboro Hills, The Hanging Coffins, Echo Valley, Bomod-ok Falls and other trekking sites will still be part of the ecotourism activities.

 

Header photo courtesy of Richard Reyes from Inquirer.net

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