BORACAY–For everyone’s safety, Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista urged residents to abide by the health and safety protocols following the resurgence of the coronavirus.
Bautista made the call after he ordered a 14-day lockdown of Purok (zone/sitio) 5 and Purok 6 in Barangay Balabag aimed at stemming the spread of the virus. The surgical lockdown will be lifted on April 10, 2021, or earlier depending on the situation in the affected areas.
Along with the lockdown, an extension of the curfew hours was also announced to take effect from March 28. The curfew now begins at 11 pm, two hours earlier than 1 am previously, but still ends at 4 am.
The Municipal Health Office confirmed 25 COVID-19 cases in the surgical lockdown areas as of March 28, 2021. The total COVID-19 cases in Boracay Island have now reached 76.
“Nag-inuman, nagparty-party. May isang tao doon na positive sa COVID-19. Ang ibang high-risk contacts ay nagpositibo din [(They) drank, had a party. One of them was positive for COVID-19. Some of this person’s high-risk contacts also tested positive],” Bautista said.
The two areas are under heightened measures as Malay local police and force multipliers set up adequate border checkpoints to enforce compliance with the lockdown order. Food packs from the village council were distributed to affected residents of the localized lockdown.
Bautista also called on the full cooperation and support of residents and tourism stakeholders as gatherings of people outdoors are prohibited. They are being urged to continue to act responsibly, practice social distancing, wear face masks, and stay at home.
“’Pag kasama kayo sa party-party, kayo na mag-report o pumunta na sa inyong barangay. Huwag na ninyong hintayin na hanapin kayo ng ating contact tracing teams [If you had attended a party, report yourselves in or go to your barangays. No need to wait for our contact tracing teams to find you],” the acting mayor added.
Earlier, a temporary ban on restaurants with live bands, food parks with entertainment and live shows, and organized parties was enforced to halt the spread of COVID-19 on the island resort. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)