Lockdown of Boracay barangay lifted

Published April 14, 2021, 4:02 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — After two weeks, the lockdown of a barangay in world-famous Boracay Island has been lifted as no new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded.

The local government of Malay, Aklan issued an advisory Wednesday
that Barangay Balabag is no longer under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“We had to study it before making the decision,” Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista said.

Barangay Balabag was placed under lockdown last April 1 while Zone 1 and Zone 7 in Barangay Manocmanoc were under surgical lockdown due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases in a span of a week during late March.

Health authorities traced it from a male worker who was infected by a tourist from Metro Manila and attended a party.

The lockdown and surgical lockdowns affected hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other establishments in those areas.

While lockdown has been lifted, there are still prohibitions in the country’s most famous beach destination, including non-essential gatherings.

The local government has temporarily prohibited the operations of bars as well as restaurants that have live shows or live music playing.

An 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily curfew in Boracay has been imposed.