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        ICYMI: Museums, certain sports venues in NCR Plus to reopen at limited capacity

        Another step to normalcy
        by John Paulo Aguilera Jun 13, 2021
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        Riders can now add museums and historical sites in the Greater Manila area to their itinerary following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

        Such venues, particular those in Intramuros, actually reopened last February, but were forced to close down again due to the spike in cases in March. The Department of Tourism has recently confirmed that museums and historical sites can soon welcome the public at 20% capacity, once it gets the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

        Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement: “This good news is very timely as it coincides with our observance of Independence Day. The historical sites and museums remind us of our rich culture and history and of the heroism of those who fought for our freedom.

        “Revisiting our past brings us closer together as a people and draws us closer to a future free of the perils and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic.”

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        According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, though, guided tours are still prohibited.

        Aside from historical venues, gyms, fitness studios, and indoor non-contact sports venues in the NCR Plus bubble are now also allowed to reopen at 30% capacity after receiving a COVID-19 Safety Seal from the government. Outdoor sports had already been permitted during the general community quarantine with heightened restrictions.

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        The Sseal is an initiative of the Departments of Trade and Industry, Interior and Local Government, Tourism, Labor and Employment, and Health.

        “More than just a signage, the presence of the safety seal means they are committing to the implementation of the health protocol. Otherwise, they could face penalties during an audit by the monitoring team... or if customers file a complaint against them with regard to compliance,” trade secretary Ramon Lopez explained to reporters.

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