BORACAY–Effective February 26, 2021, the curfew hours in Boracay Island are down to only four hours after the local government of Malay, Aklan agreed to shorten by two hours the previously stipulated 6-hour island-wide curfew, which was from 11 pm to 4 am.
The new curfew hours are now from 1 am to 4 am.
Acting Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista said this would allow tourism establishments to be open for a few extra hours of service to customers and tourists in Boracay Island, allowing them to generate more revenue amid the pandemic.
The relaxed restriction in Boracay is also an attempt to convince more tourists to travel, stay, and enjoy indoor and outdoor amenities on the island.
Since reopening Boracay Island in October last year, the province of Aklan has yet to accept international tourists. So while tourist numbers have steadily been increasing since then, the guests are primarily domestic travelers coming from the National Capital Region and the Visayan regions.
According to the Malay Tourism Office, the number of tourists that arrived in Boracay Island from February 1 to 20 totaled 11,278. On the contrary, the island-resort has at least 280 accredited accommodation establishments with 6,400 rooms available.
For his part, Malay police chief Major Don Dicksie de Dios said there will be increased police visibility in all areas of Boracay to ensure the minimum health protocols and curfew hours are observed.
Over in mainland Malay, the curfew regulation from 9 pm to 5 am remains in effect. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS Aklan/Boracay Bureau)