Rizal Park, Intramuros sites to reopen on Sept. 16

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — The Rizal Park and certain sites in Intramuros will be welcoming tourists again on Sept. 16, as authorities begin testing a new quarantine classification system in Metro Manila, the Department of Tourism said Wednesday.

Under Inter-Agency Task Force guidelines, however, only visitors from 18 to 65 years old will be allowed to enter.

Rizal Park will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a maximum capacity of 500 visitors. Visitors will be required to accomplish contact tracing forms before entering the park, the DOT said.

Meanwhile, the Fort Santiago in Intramuros will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The site will have a maximum capacity of 150 people.

The Baluarte de San Diego will be operating daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a maximum capacity of 80 people.

An express lane will also be set up in both Intramuros sites as a perk for fully vaccinated visitors, the DOT added. This means that they can accomplish the contact tracing form after entering and just present it to security personnel before they exit.

Plaza San Luis, meanwhile, will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The DOT said mandatory temperature checks and minimum health protocols will be implemented in the tourist sites.

It added that 99% of Intramuros administration workers and 96% of all stationed personnel at the Rizal Park have been fully vaccinated as of Sept. 14.

The historic walled city of Intramuros was cited last year as Asia’s leading tourist attraction by the World Travel Awards.