Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the City of Sipalay, the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has banned the entry of local tourists who do not have prior booking or reservation in any resorts or tourist accommodation in the city. The IATF said walk-in tourists will not be allowed entry starting today, March 31, up until April 5, 2021.
Aside from tourists, visiting friends and families who are not residents of the city are also not allowed to enter Sipalay this Holy Week, even just for a day trip or for sightseeing activities.
According to the city, a checkpoint will be established to validate and confirm pre-bookings of visitors entering the city. The city warned that anyone who failed to declare correct information or make misrepresentation at the checkpoint will be held liable.
But the local government said that those with existing confirmed bookings and pre-arranged stay with families or friends for today will be exempted from the ban.
As of yesterday, March 30, the city said all accommodations within the city are now fully-booked.