Boracay ready for reopening dry run

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2018 05:09 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2018 10:46 AM

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MANILA -- Several business establishments in Boracay are putting their final touches as they get set for the island's reopening dry run on Monday. 

As of last Friday, 68 accommodations have completed their requirements with the Boracay inter-agency task force, authorities said Sunday. 

These accommodations will be the only ones allowed to operate until the soft opening on October 26. Several spas and shops will be allowed to operate, too, as long as they meet the requirements.

There will be 1,000 rooms available for guests on the first day of the dry run, while another 1,000 will be opened on the second day. Locals of Aklan will be the priority. 

Meanwhile, entry and exit points for the Boracay's reopening dry run are already set. Tourists will be ferried directly to the beach front, instead of the Cagban Port, which is still under rennovation.

Shuttle services will also be available on the island but it will take alternative routes as the main road remains under repair.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the 6-month closure of Boracay for a massive cleanup that aims to restore the beauty of the country's top tourist destination. 

-- report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News