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Baguio City cannot accept tourists yet after being placed under general community quarantine, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said Tuesday.

In a television interview, Magalong said they are waiting for the decision of the Department of Tourism on whether or not the city could accept local tourists.

"Technically bawal pa. Hintayin pa namin 'yung approval ng Department of Tourism. They will endorse that to IATF kung puwede kaming tumanggap, such the case na ginawa sa Batangas," Magalong said on ANC.

IATF refers to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the government's policy-making body in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

At present, only essential travels are allowed in Baguio City, a favorite tourist destination in Luzon.

Magalong appealed to tourists not to make plans yet on visiting Baguio and instead wait for updates.

"Just wait for further announcement. But for the meantime, we are not allowing tourists to come up to Baguio City," he said.

The entire Cordillera region is placed under GCQ from February 1 to 15 following the detection of the new coronavirus variant in the region. This means stricter border control is in place. —KBK, GMA News

This article Magalong says Baguio City not yet open to tourists was originally published in GMA News Online.

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