Tourism numbers spiked in Baguio City
Since the City of Baguio reopened its doors to visitors, its tourism numbers continue to increase even as the local government implements strict safety measures and entry requirements. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that Ridge and Reef tourism corridor program’s entry protocols were reasonable since the virus isn’t gone yet. Moreover, it is vital in ensuring a balance between the economic boost of the province and the safety of all the tourists amid the pandemic.
City Tourism Officer Engr. Aloysius Mapalo added that as of October 8, there has already been a total of 179 travel requests and 1,701 individual registrations have been received under the Visitors’ Information and Travel Assistance of VISITA platform and travel guide. Travel requests from Region I will be accommodated since it is the only allowed region as of now. Mapalo also mentioned that pending travel requests may still be disapproved if the requirements are not completed prior to the intended date of travel. 
Baguio City shares extra precautionary preparations for reopening
Now that Baguio City is finally welcoming tourists once more, City Tourism Officer Engr. Aloysius Mapalo shared what the city has implemented to ensure safe and healthy visits. He said that they are not expecting a huge number of tourists and are taking it slow. Besides the strict entry requirements and online registration, tourists must also take a COVID-19 test within at most 72 hours before travel. They must also fill out an electronic unified health declaration form so that they no longer have to fill out forms in every establishment or tourist site that they will visit. If a tourist tests positive during his or her stay in the city, he/she will immediately be turned over to the city health officials. All expenses that will be incurred will be shouldered by the tourist. 
Ilocos Norte implements new curfew hours and liquor ban
Starting October 10, 2020, the province of Ilocos Norte will be under liquor ban and curfew. Curfew hours between 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM will be implemented, and business establishments are encouraged to extend their operating hours .