Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa under temporary closure after some of its workers were tested positive for COVID-19 conducted by the Aklan provincial government for tourism workers.
The Acting Mayor of Malay, Frolibar Bautista stated that before this, there were seven cases in Boracay but stressed that there is no local transmission. Currently, there are 16 cases in Boracay, specifically in that resort and hotel but ensured they are all in an isolation facility.
"In our protocols, all those who were positive cases were transferred to the Mainland Hospital in Kalibo, " Bautista said.
The governor of Aklan, Florencio Miraflores, ordered the resort to be closed for five days.
An official statement from the Shangri-La hotel states, "In the past week, all our resort colleagues have undergone the proactive RT-PCR testing organized by the Provincial Health Office for hospitality employees in Boracay. We have since been informed a small number of colleagues have been diagnosed with COVID-19."
Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr., Provincial Health Officer said, out of the 16 positive cases, only one hotel worker is symptomatic.
In response to the queries, Shangri-La released a statement saying they won't accept guests from 22 January to January 28, 2021.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we will not be accepting any new check-ins from 22 January 2021 till 28 January 2021 (inclusive). All affected guests will be contacted personally, and we will assist them with alternative arrangements." A statement from the Shangri-La resort.
The resort also added that during the time of closure, they will conduct further deep cleaning and disinfection.
The Shangri-La Resort states that " The resort is in full compliance with the guidelines provided by the local authorities with regards to next steps after our colleagues undergo RT-PCR testing.
We remain in close contact with the DOT and all relevant authorities and will continue to act in the best interest of all our guests and colleagues."
In a different statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the Department of Tourism (DOT) will aid in the relocation of visitors to different establishments or isolation facilities ought to there be any close contact with affected the tourism workers. "
The DOT encourages the prompt treatment of affected workers and backs the temporary closure of establishments concerned for general disinfection procedures as part of the health and safety protocols," Puyat said.