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Face shields, masks a must for tourists
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Friday, August 14, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia and officials of Camotes shipping lines agreed to add the wearing of face shields, face masks, and personal air purifiers in the protective measures for guests visiting the islands. (Lito Tecson)

The Province of Cebu will be adding new health protocols for guests who will be going to the Camotes Group of Islands, like the wearing of face shield, aside from face mask, and the use of personal air purifiers, among other protective measures to protect guests against the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).

In a meeting Thursday, August 13, officials of Jomalla Shipping and Ocean Fast Ferries Corporation (Oceanjet) conferred with the governor on the health and safety protocols and other regulations for guests coming in the islands.

It was agreed that Department of Health (DOH) health protocols such as temperature checking, handwashing and providing disinfection (foot baths) upon entry to the terminal or the vessels will be implemented. They also agreed that guests who with 38-degree Celcius temperature will not be allowed to go onboard.

They are looking at linking the shipping firms to the tourism portal discover.cebu.gov.ph for payment and schedules, for easier and hassle-free transactions of guests. The portal is managed by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force.

Provincial Tourism Officer Marti Ybañez explained that shipping personnel can check the QR code generated by guests upon their registration with the online portal.

The QR code is accessed from the phones of guests which they will present upon boarding.

Garcia also clarified that shipping firms must follow the 50 percent passenger capacity. 

Philipine Coast Guard Commander Christopher Auro expressed their support to the governor's call. 

"Pagdating dun sa mga turista, we will follow the guidance of the Provincial Government of Cebu. But again, aside dun sa requirements na i-implement, sa Coast Guard naman po, the DOTr has issued a memorandum requiring all passengers to wear face shield, aside sa face mask, starting po sa August 15, this Saturday," Auro said. 

Last July 31, Garcia led the opening of the revival of the tourism industry in Cebu at the famous whale-shark watching destination in Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob. 

Four popular tourist destinations in Cebu have so far been opened, including the famous sardine run and diving in Moalboal, ATV Adventure Ride in Barangay Nasipit, Barili and the enchanting Camotes Group of Islands. (Vanessa L. Almeda)