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Some parts of Boracay are under lockdown, while Iloilo City considers a stricter quarantine.

By: Shanice Reyes | April 18, 2021
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Boracay Island continues to accept local tourists amidst rising COVID-19 cases in the country, provided that they carry around village passes while touring the island. In addition, some areas in Boracay were put under strict quarantine. Meanwhile in the mainland, Iloilo City mulls implementing a stricter quarantine status to decrease local transmission in the city. Read on for the complete health news and updates.

Quarantine Updates

Iloilo City considers stricter quarantine status

If COVID-19 cases in Iloilo City continue to increase, the Iloilo City Government considers placing the city under the stricter quarantine status of general community quarantine (GCQ) [1]. The city is currently under modified general community quarantine, the most lenient among the types of quarantine in the country. Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City might appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for a quarantine update as the city has seen a huge rise in local transmission. The data gathered by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) shows 112 positive cases from April 1 to 9, 16.26 percent higher than the cases logged last month.

The mayor also asked for the cooperation of government agencies and instrumentalities to adopt work arrangements such as work-from-home, flexible work hours, and the like to keep more people from going out. Meanwhile, bars, clubs, theaters, and other entertainment establishments are not allowed to operate.

Strict quarantine and restriction on religious gatherings imposed in Boracay

Boracay Island is also facing stricter quarantine in some areas due to the rising cases of COVID-19 on the island. Last April 1, Acting Malay Mayor Floribar Bautista put the central part of Boracay, Barangay Balabag, under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). He also placed zones one to seven near Barangay Manocmanoc under granular lockdown.

Meanwhile, religious gatherings in Boracay Island are restricted except in Barangay Yapak, where the chapel can only accommodate 30 percent of its total seating capacity. Despite this, the mayor allowed essential gatherings such as weddings, baptisms, and funerals but with only a maximum of 15 persons in attendance [2].

Travel Update: Boracay tourists required to use village passes

Despite the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, the island of Boracay remains open to domestic tourists who come from regions under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). However, leisure travelers are required to use barangay passes so they can tour around the island. The purpose of the barangay pass, according to Acting Malay Mayor Floribar Bautista, is to help police officers distinguish between residents and tourists [3].

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 news and the latest flights update in Boracay and Iloilo.

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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