The government finally opened Boracay Island to incoming tourists.
Since the province of Aklan is now placed under the status of General Community Quarantine (GCQ), starting today, September 8, 2021, the Island can now accept tourists, according to the Aklan Provincial Government notice.
On August 1, 2021, the Aklan province was placed under Modified Enhance Community Quarantine (MECQ) for 15 days, as requested by the Aklan Governor, Florencio "Joeben" T. Miraflores, due to the rising cases of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila, the primary source of leisure travelers going to Boracay, was under the strictest quarantine classification at that time.
And leisure travels are prohibited in areas under MECQ and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Furthermore, the MECQ status was extended until the end of August since the COVID-19 cases didn't ease; because of that, the economic situation of Boracay worsened.
A separation of quarantine classification of Malay from the Aklan Province was even proposed to help the tourism sector on the Island, though it didn't bear any fruition.
Then, the MECQ status was again extended until September 7, 2021.
However, last September 6, Kalibo Mayor Emerson Lachica confirmed that after the MECQ status on Sept. 7, the province would lower its quarantine classification to GCQ.
This came after Miraflores told the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in a meeting that the National IATF released a resolution that the Aklan will be placed under GCQ on Sept. 8.
Meanwhile, protocols under the GCQ status by the IATF must be followed by those who wish to have a vacation on Boracay Island to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This is also for the health and safety of both tourists and residents.