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May masasampolan! Berna Puyat eyes shutdown of quarantine hotels offering staycations

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has threatened to shut down hotels offering staycation packages to guests even if the property is classified as a quarantine center for COVID-19.

Puyat said the Department of Tourism (DOT) has been receiving more reports about hotels offering lodging to tourists following the discovery that City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati has staycation packages.

The City Garden Grand Hotel’s gimmick was discovered due to the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera on January 1, who was found unconscious in one of the rooms.

Police investigation showed the 23-year-old had booked a room at the hotel to party with friends.

“Nagbigay na kami ng warning sa kanila pero kung gawin pa nila ulit, ipapasara na sila. Sobra na eh,” Puyat said in a Tuesday press briefing. “Marami ‘yan. Hindi lang naman sa NCR eh –- maraming nagrereklamo, actually.”

“Is that all greed? Baka bumagsak na naman tayo sa MECQ dahil sa kapabayaan ninyo,” the Tourism chief added.

So far, only 15 luxury hotels in Metro Manila have been authorized to offer staycation packages in the middle of the local coronavirus outbreak. They are required to strictly observe minimum health standards to continue operations.

Puyat said hotels wanting to operate as lodging and staycation facilities for guests must first apply for a license.

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