La Trinidad closes doors to tourists

By Rumi Samuel Published on January 20, 2022
La Trinidad closes doors to tourists

The municipal government closed its doors to tourists following the surge in Covid-19 cases triggered by the more infectious Omicron variant.

However, Mayor Romeo Salda said that the town's tourist spots will still be open to residents and those coming from Baguio City and Benguet.

He said the municipal government is trying its best to balance health and the economy. While it is true that most of the affected tourism-related businesses are micro, small, and medium enterprises, the local chief executive pointed out that there is a need for concerned government agencies and the provincial government to implement strategies that will address the pressing issues and concerns caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Earlier, the local government started allowing the entry of tourists from all over the country after the number of Covid-19 cases in the municipality began to drop late last year significantly. This permitted the tourism sector to gain ground during the Yuletide season slightly.

Salda, however, asserted that people should not lower their guards and ensure continuous compliance to minimum public health standards such as the mandatory wearing of masks at all times, the observance of physical distancing, and the usual practice of personal hygiene and regular disinfection.

He appealed to the tourism sector to understand the decision of the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force, citing the local government is prioritizing the welfare of the general public, and utmost cooperation is required.

Of the 13 towns, La Trinidad has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Benguet.

Rumi Samuel

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