With the reopening of the world-renowned Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, the local government unit (LGU) reminded tourists to present their negative RT-PCR test results when entering the island.
The white sand beach, which re-opened on Sept. 8, 2021, is accepting tourists as the province shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ).
To recall, Aklan was placed under modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ) for 15 days starting Aug. 1, as requested by Aklan Governor, Florencio "Joeben" T. Miraflores, due to the rising cases of COVID-19.
Now that Boracay is open again, Acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista reminded the tourists that protocols under the GCQ status by the IATF must be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"We will still require negative RT-PCR test to non-Aklanon travelers who wish to visit the island. Those fully vaccinated are not exempted to submit their swab test result also," reminded Bautista.
The curfew will be imposed from 10pm to 4am wherein only 30 percent capacity are allowed dine-in in restaurants.
Meanwhile, Department of Tourism (DOT-6) Regional Director Cristine Mansinares said DOT is helping out in the vaccination rollout for tourism workers.
To date, 9,232 of the 12,809 active tourism workers were already vaccinated. It comprises 72 percent of the total population. Additional doses are also expected to arrive within the week for the remaining number of workers.
"There is also an ongoing campaign for tourism enterprises to secure their safety seal certification and WTTC Safe Travels Stamp from the DOT," shared Mansinares.
Mansinares said as they are expecting a huge volume of Boracay tourists visiting the island this month, they also wanted to encourage the public to always observe health protocols.
"We want them to continue to comply with the minimum health and safety guidelines set forth by the LGUs to avoid infecting others," she added.IMT