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SBMA rejoices over relaxed indoor masking policy

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chair and administrator Rolen Paulino expressed joy over the issuance of Executive Order 7 allowing voluntary wearing of face masks in indoor and outdoor settings.

“This is good news! With this sound decision from President Marcos, we could expect more tourists here in Subic Bay Freeport,” he said in a statement.

“Currently, hotels and resorts inside the Subic Bay Freeport are almost fully-booked. With the issuance of EO7, we will be anticipating a spill-over of tourists to other areas near Subic Bay due to the anticipated rise in the number of arrivals,” Paulino said.

He said many of the resorts and theme parks in Subic have already begun to go on full blast, citing that theme parks such as Zoobic Safari, are now offering their annual Night Safari which will run on all Saturday nights of November up to December.

“Aside from these theme parks, many companies have also opened their restaurants as they expect the number of tourist arrivals to increase during the holiday season,” Paulino said.

“Tourism-related establishments that commenced operations this year included the VSNRY Coffee Shop and the En Izakaya & Global Cuisine by Sakura, providing tourists more areas to visit here,” he said.

Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said Marcos would ease up on wearing of face masks indoors as the country shifts towards a more lenient approach towards the end of the pandemic.