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Ilocos Norte shifts to Alert Level 2

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | November 27, 2021
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Many measures have been changed in Northern Luzon ever since the pandemic and lockdowns were eased. For one, lower alert levels mean more leisure and travel spots are now accessible to locals and tourists. As for public transportation, Baguio City only allows vaccinated PUV drivers to operate due to health safety. Ilocos Norte also relaxed its travel and transportation measures.

Lockdown News: Ilocos Norte shifts to Alert Level 2

Ilocos Norte is no longer in strict lockdown since it shifted under Alert Level 2 from November 13 until November 30. Under this alert level, residents can now head to leisure establishments like cinemas, museums, sports venues, amusement shops, personal care areas, and gyms. Religious places and the likes are also now allowed. These establishments have a limited capacity of 50% indoor and 60% outdoor. Previous lockdown curfew remains 11:00PM to 4:00AM [1]

Transportation News: Only vaxxed PUV drivers allowed in Baguio routes

To protect the health of residents in the city, the city’s local government and public information office noted that only vaccinated PUV drivers are allowed to ply Baguio City’s routes. This rule applies to drivers who have received their first dose. Exemptions also include cargo vehicles for essential and non-essential goods [2].

Travel Updates: 400 hotels and accommodations now operational in Baguio

Out of 1,200 registered and accredited accommodations in Baguio City, only 400 are operational again since the city reopened to tourists last year. According to City Tourism Operations Officer Aloysius Mapalo, the remaining 800 closed establishments were small businesses that were heavily hit by the lockdowns due to the pandemic [3].

Currently, Baguio City allows 2,000 tourists daily since it reopened to non-essential travels last October 25.

Travel rules eased in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte eased its travel and transportation protocols for fully vaccinated tourists. Part of the changes in restriction includes the removal of negative RT-PCR test results as travel requirements [5]. The changes in travel in the area will be effective starting December 1. According to Ilocos Norte’s tourism office, this rule applies to fully vaccinated tourists from Alert Levels 1 to 3 areas. Unvaccinated individuals coming from Alert Level 4 will need to show a negative RT-PCR test result taken at least 72 hours before their arrival in the area.

Tourists are also recommended to register at They should also present valid IDs and unique QR codes from the website; they should book from any DOT-accredited accommodation.

Health News: Baguio City reaches 90% of its vaccination target

Baguio City’s COVID-19 vaccination statistics last November 14 recorded over 257,805 vaccinated individuals in the area—212,390 of these received their full dose. Due to this, Baguio City has accomplished 91.74 percent of its target eligible adult population of 281,000 [5]. As for juvenile vaccination, about 20,033 pediatric patients ages 12 to 17 years old were vaccinated out of their target of 42,811.

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Baguio and Ilocos!


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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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