Despite the increase in Baguio’s COVID-19 infections, the local government approved a proposal to increase the number of tourists who can visit the city per day from 500 to 1,000.
The local government also eased some restrictions on tourism in order to allow establishments to recover.
City Tourism Officer Alec Mapalo said, “We’re allowing transient houses as long as they [were already issued] a certificate of compliance.”
This was agreed upon by the City Tourism Office after consulting with hotel operators, the Department of Health, and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
Data from the DOH showed that the has also recorded a 13.5% positivity rate, higher than the 5% ideal rate of the World Health Organization.
The DOH admitted that there was an increase in the number of cases since the city decided to accept tourists from other provinces in October, but this may be due to the intensified COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in the area.