Gov’t lifts complete ban on conferences, workshops

CONFERENCES, workshops and other equivalent functions are now permitted in parts less than the normal quarantine amount, a transfer that will assistance increase the battered tourism sector.

“While the pandemic has taught organizers to embrace technology, some gatherings in a physical set-up can now commence, with overall health and basic safety protocols in place. We are optimistic that the country’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences Exhibitions) sector shall start off to thrive all over again,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat reported in a statement on Friday.

Less than the eased policy authorized by the countrywide endeavor drive in opposition to the coronavirus, “workshops, trainings, seminars, congresses, conferences, board meetings, colloquia, conclaves, symposia, and client trade shows” can be held at a highest 30{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} ability of the location.

Permitted venues less than Resolution No. 87 are “restaurants, in basic dining establishments hooked up to resorts ballrooms and functionality halls within just accommodations venues within resort premises and shopping mall atria.”

Ms. Puyat observed that social events these types of as birthdays, weddings, Christmas and office environment events, pageants, award activities, gala receptions, product launch, political gatherings, cultural festivities, and sporting functions “are not covered” by the new resolution.

Activity Pressure and Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque reported the Section of Tourism and the Section of Trade and Industry will problem joint tips on the carry out of these activities.

The Administration Association of the Philippines welcomed the government’s selection, citing its profit to the financial state.

“It is reliable with the government’s need to return to normalcy. It will lend a aiding hand to the resort and lodging market, which is really impacted by the pandemic,” the group stated in a assertion on Friday signed by its president, Francis E. Lim.


In the meantime, the law enforcement is deploying much more officers in Metro Manila to support ensure the enforcement of health and fitness protocols as the holiday seasons draw around and extra individuals are going out of their homes.

“We are focusing on areas of convergence these kinds of as markets, community markets, malls, churches, and ports, sea ports, and general public transportation,” Law enforcement Deputy Main of Staff Cesar R. Binag, speaking in Filipino, claimed in a briefing Friday.
Mr. Binag, who is also the Joint Endeavor Force COVID Protect main, mentioned they are also in talks with the management of shopping malls to improve protocols.
Coronavirus situations in the capital area has been on a decrease, but it stays one particular of the country’s epicenters of the outbreak. — Gillian M. Cortez