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Boracay Island Ban Tourist Due to COVID-19 Fear

Boracay Beach Island that located at the municipality of Malay in Aklan will deny entry to tourists starting Thursday. This was after the town was placed under general community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

Tourists, whether local or foreign, will be denied to enter the town including in Boracay Island.

All the Workers and residents of Malay town are exempted from the entry ban, however, those who are coming from areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

According to a local executive order, on Thursday starting at 10 p.m, the town quarantine will be effective and will remain effective until it is lifted by the town’s acting mayor Frolibar Bautista.

The movement will be limited to accessing basic necessities and work during the general community quarantine. The Uniformed personnel and quarantine officers will also be man borders.

Even as Boracay has yet to record its first case of COVID-19, the local government is also imposing a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Boat trips to and from Boracay will be limited between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. only where the measures were adopted.

Based on the data from the Malay Municipal Tourism Office that was showed, the tourist arrivals in February for the island dropped is by 40 percent to 103, 834 from the 172,695 recorded in the same month in 2019.

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