Currently, Baguio is under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ. As of Sep 2, 2020, there has been a total of 357 COVID-19 cases, with 84 active cases. Baguio City has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a model city for its containment of the virus. Regular disinfections, meticulous contact tracing, and strict social distancing protocols have been tremendously helpful in keeping Baguio's residents safe from the virus.
As such, the city of Pines is now ready to slowly open its doors to outside visitors again. However, only tourists from Baguio City, La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte will be allowed for now. The target date for the re-opening of Baguio to tourists is on September 21, 2020. The number of visitors will be limited from 200 to 1,000 people at a time, depending on the risks. And although a date has been set, this may be moved depending on the pandemic.
All tourists entering Baguio must register online via the city's Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VIS.I.T.A.) mobile app. After registration, there will be instructions on how to proceed. Visitors must pre-book accommodations and present their itineraries. The local government further encourages the use of cashless payments for transactions.
Upon entry to the city, tourists must undergo PCR testing, for which tourists must shoulder the cost of. They must stay inside their accommodation until results are finalized. Tour operator and hotel management must monitor their guests closely. Only establishments which have been issued a Certificate of Authority to Operate by the DOT will be allowed to open. All establishments must continue to observe health and safety protocols.
The gradual re-opening of Baguio is still subject to follow any guidelines and rules set by the DOH, the IATF and other governing offices.