Planning a trip to the City of Pines soon? Well, better reschedule that as Baguio City recently announced that they will not be allowing tourists coming from NCR, Bulacan, Rizal, and Cavite. Not like you can get out of the “NCR Plus” bubble anyway.

The city government of Baguio has decided to cancel the applications of tourists coming from the newly coined NCR Plus areas. This was confirmed by the city tourism office, which also approved the new directive.

“Ika-cancel natin yung kanilang mga application to travel to Baguio, hindi talaga papayagan. We discourage them to travel to the city of Baguio. Talagang hindi pu-pwede,” said Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

[We will cancel their applications to travel to Baguio, it will not be allowed. We discourage them to travel to the city of Baguio. Definitely not possible.]

Magalong also mentioned that the city's decision to support the IATF resolution is their way of discouraging people from traveling and moving around amid the rise in infections.

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“Definitely, hindi na tayo tatanggap ng bisita sa kanila except kung talagang essential travels tulad ng government officials and work-related,” added Magalong.

[Definitely, we will no longer receive visitors from there except if it is really essential travels such as government officials and work-related.]

With cases spiking in NCR for the past few days, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) declared a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Bubble for NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal (hence the term NCR Plus). As such, non-essential travel to and from the bubble is barred until April 4, 2021. However, those that live within NCR Plus can freely travel in-between Metro Manila and nearby provinces without a problem.

If you originally planned on going to Baguio during Holy Week, better reschedule and stay home during the Lenten Season instead. With more and more cases being reported, we really should avoid going out for non-essential travels.