Travel agencies allowed to operate with limited workforce in GCQ areas: Palace

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 02:22 PM

People flock to the Travel Tour Expo at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, City on February 7, 2020. FILE / Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The government has allowed travel agencies in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to operate, Malacañang said Friday.

Travel agencies in GCQ areas can operate only with a skeleton workforce, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Pupwede na pong magbukas ang travel agencies provided skeleton force po para ma-process ang refunds ng ating mga kababayan," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(Travel agencies can open with a skeleton workforce to process the refunds of the people.)

Areas that are under GCQ until July 15 are Metro Manila, the provinces of Benguet, Cavite, Rizal, Leyte and Southern Leyte, and the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Ormoc.

Previously, travel agencies and tourism-related businesses are allowed to reopen only in areas under modified general community quarantine.