DOH, DILG, DOT Assure Safety Of Public Gatherings Despite COVID-19 Scare

The Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Tourism released a joint statement on February 18 to assure the people that organizing and attending public gatherings is still safe, with regards to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

They guaranteed that “it is safe to organize and attend public gatherings, meetings, and festivals as long as all precautionary measures identified by the DOH are observed.”

However, they seek to remind the general public “to wash your hands regularly, and to seek medical attention if signs of cough, colds, sore throat and fever appear. All preventive and precautionary measures have been put in place by the national government to contain the spread of the COVID-19.”

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“The guidelines in handling guests in tourism enterprises during this global emergency are being implemented in hotels and resorts around the country even before the temporary travel ban, and facilities are equipped with infrared thermometers and hand sanitizers,” the agencies’ joint statement read.

“The safety of the public, especially our tourists and employees in the tourism sector, remains the priority of the Philippine government,” it concluded.

This is a clarification of the DOH’s advisory on concerts and other public events and gatherings. They previously recommended the cancellation of large events or mass gatherings due to the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

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