Leisure travel to Tagaytay is "not suitable" at this time due to a "high risk" of COVID-19 infection, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said Tuesday, after authorities in the resort city signaled a gradual reopening of tourism.
The announcement from Tagaytay that it was ready to accept tourists was a welcome break for nearby Metro Manila, where millions under a six-month-long quarantine are looking for an escape that will not require an airplane or boat ride.
"The weather in Tagaytay is HIGH RISK for COVID infection. As we continue to battle this pandemic, it is not suitable to do leisure travel at this point in time," Remulla said on Twitter. He did not say if he would restrict travel to the city.
The weather in Tagaytay is HIGH RISK for COVID infection. As we continue to battle this pandemic, it is not suitable to do leisure travel at this point in time.— Jonvic Remulla (@jonvicremulla) September 15, 2020
On Monday, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the head of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, said Metro Manila residents still need to secure travel authority from their home local government before traveling to Tagaytay. The waiver on the travel pass requirement applies only to travel within Cavite province.
Just a couple of hours drive from the capital, city dwellers flock to Tagaytay for views of the Taal Volcano and their fill of bulalo and sweet pineapples.