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Iloilo City will remain under MECQ until July 15, while Aklan is under GCQ until July 31.

By: Shanice Reyes | July 11, 2021
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Iloilo City is still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until July 15. However, the local government eases quarantine guidelines. Meanwhile, the province of Aklan welcomes more tourists despite being under general community quarantine (GCQ) status until July 31. Lastly, Western Visayas receives Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19.

Quarantine Update: Iloilo City Mayor eases MECQ protocols

The Executive Order (EO) No. 55 series of 2021 issued by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas eased the city’s policies under the MECQ. The quarantine protocols in the EO have deviated after the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) disapproved of the mayor’s appeal to put the city under GCQ [1].

The eased rules under the new EO include shortened curfew hours: 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM; liquor ban lifted; indoor dining allowed at 10 percent capacity while outdoor dining allowed at 50 percent capacity. Outdoor sports venues, indoor courts, salons, medical aesthetic clinics, dermatological clinics, wellness centers, massage therapy establishments, tanning services, body piercings, and tattooing services are also allowed under the new EO.

Travel News: Tourists continue to visit Boracay Island despite GCQ status

Though COVID-19 cases continue to surge and the province under GCQ, domestic tourists visit Boracay Island. In June, the Malay Tourism Office recorded a total of 23,599 tourists that visited the island. Of which, 15,075 tourists from the NCR, 6,150 from Calabarzon, and 1,736 from Central Luzon were registered in their data. Furthermore, the Malay Philippine National Police will continue implementing health protocols to protect tourists, residents, and workers from the virus [2].

Health News: Iloilo City and province acquires over 11,700 Pfizer vaccines

The National Vaccine Operations Center has allotted 25,740 doses of the United States-manufactured Pfizer vaccine to Western Visayas. In the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) data in Region 6, 5,850 doses were distributed in Iloilo City, while Iloilo province received a similar allocation of doses. Furthermore, spokesperson of OCD-6 Cindy Ferrer said that Aklan, Antique, and Guimaras are getting Pfizer vaccines soon [3].

Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Boracay and Iloilo!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making 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. Hence, 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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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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