Malacañang warned on Wednesday that hotels caught violating quarantine protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic would face penalties.
“It belongs to the Ministry of Justice [to file charges]. We are under a public health emergency and we are governed by very strict laws, ”Acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said in an interview with the ANC when asked if there would be any. penalties for quarantine facilities that release travelers earlier than expected.
“Anyone who cheats on the system will be penalized accordingly,” he added. “There were rumors, but I haven’t seen any evidence yet.”
The following countries were placed under the “red list” until December 15 due to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected by South African scientists: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy.
Only Filipinos re-entering the country via government-initiated or non-initiated repatriation and bayanihan flights may be permitted entry subject to entry, testing and quarantine protocols in effect for Red List countries or countries. areas at high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Upon arrival in the country, they are to undergo quarantine at the facilities for 14 days, with testing on the seventh day.
These people are also mandated to complete the 14-day quarantine regardless of a negative RT-PCR result.
Separate testing and quarantine protocols govern travelers from countries and territories on the “green” (low risk) and “yellow” (moderate risk) list. – VBL, GMA News