Boracay reopens but local tourists are nowhere


Posted at Jun 16 2020 06:45 PM

Boracay reopens but local tourists are nowhere 1

MANILA - Business remained slow in tourist-favorite Boracay Island, local officials said Tuesday, as authorities continue to implement restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

As of 10 am, personnel at the Caticlan Jetty Port had yet to record any visitors bound for Boracay. 

Boracay remains off-limits to everyone except residents of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental; and the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo. 

The resort island was closed last March due to coronavirus fears. 

Visitors to Boracay have to prove that they live in Western Visayas, and need to show proof that they have a booking in a hotel that has been approved to reopen by the Department of Tourism. Only six hotels have been cleared so far by the DOT as of Monday.

Tourists need to declare if they recently traveled to places outside of Western Visayas. 

Swimming is only allowed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seniors and those below 21 years old are not allowed on the island. 

Boracay was already reeling from the drop in the number of tourists as early as February as COVID-19 cut the number of tourists from China and South Korea. 

- Report from Joyce Anne Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News