MANILA – The Makati restaurant visited by a Filipina who ignored travel quarantine protocols to attend a party called Friday to investigate the incident.
In a statement, the management of “Kampai” confirmed that the Filipinos visited their bar on December 23, 2021 and stayed from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the next day.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) identified the woman as Ms. Gwyneth Anne Chua, who had a history of travel from the United States and was reportedly placed in quarantine at the Berjaya Hotel in Makati on December 22. Kampai did not name her in her statement.
The restaurant said Chua was allowed in because the group she was with had a reservation. She also presented proof of COVID-19 vaccination, completed a health declaration form and had her temperature taken.
However, the restaurant said it had no idea the woman was from overseas and was supposed to be in strict isolation.
âIt is unfortunate that this happened on our premises and resulted in
jeopardize the health and safety of our customers and staff. A
many of our customers and employees have contracted the virus and are now in
quarantine due to the situation, âKampai said.
Management is committed to cooperating with investigators by providing information and access to CCTV footage. The restaurant has also suspended operations, as all of its staff are in self-isolation due to the incident.
The Ministry of Health and the Quarantine Bureau said they would file a complaint against Chua, who allegedly infected around 15 other people.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque called the incident a blatant violation of “well-established IATF protocols” and the Republic’s reportable disease law.
The DOT also issued a show cause order to Berjaya Hotel Makati, asking it to explain how Chua escaped their surveillance.