June 24, 2020

Tourist Destinations Boracay and Coron Reopen for Local Tourists

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  • The tourism industry is one of the most affected sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Potential tourists and travelers both international and local were not allowed to visit popular destinations due to the travel ban as part of the measures to slow the spread of the virus.

    As the government began to gradually ease quarantine measures, some areas of the country were put under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), which means restrictions such as limiting movement among residents and transportation are relaxed. With this, popular spots like Boracay in Malay, Aklan, and Coron in Palawan have now opened their doors to local tourists!

    Boracay, which has been closed to tourists since March, is now open to be visited by locals of Aklan and residents of other Western Visayas provinces, namely Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental. Visitors must be from 21 to 60 years old only and must have confirmed accommodation bookings in compliance with the island’s protocols set during its reopening in October 2018.

    Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

    Hotels, restaurants, and other establishments in Boracay are tasked to implement safety regulations within their properties and tourists should observe social distancing as well.

    Island hopping and land-based tours in Coron, Palawan‘s famous attractions such as the Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Barracuda Lakes have also resumed. Residents of the Calamian Islands composed of Coron, Culion, Busuanga, and Calauit will be allowed entry as long as they are from 21 to 60 years of age and have secured a permit from the Philippine Coast Guard.

    Coron, Palawan / IMAGE Wandering Wagars

    MGCQ guidelines must be followed at all times during tours. The number of tourists on the island is also limited to 200 a day and subs diving tours to 30 a day.

    As for other destinations, Baguio City is eyed to open by September while Bohol is slated to accept local tourists in July or August according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in a virtual press conference.

    Sources: news.abs-cbn.comnews.mb.com.phnewsinfo.inquirer.net

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