Iloilo tourist sites closed as COVID-19 cases surge

Published May 21, 2021, 1:29 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has ordered tourist destinations and resorts in Iloilo to temporarily close for more than a week to curb the rising cases of COVID-19.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo province (Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)

Defensor has issued Executive Order No. 2021-163 shutting down these recreational facilities for the meantime.

“There is a need to adjust health protocols and community quarantine measures,” said Defensor in the order.

COVID cases surged this week with 693 active cases as of May 20 with 59 new cases and two new deaths in the province consisting of 42 towns and the component city of Passi.

While Iloilo is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), Defensor said that the Iloilo Provincial Health Office found a 37.26 percent increase in COVID-19 cases for a two-week period or from May 4 to May 18. There was also a daily average of 33 new cases.

The EO is also meant to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases here which is the regional capital of Western Visayas and has the most number of hospitals.

The Iloilo governor’s executive order temporarily bans the entry of visitors to beaches, ecological parks, inland resorts, water parks, or amusement parks in the 42 towns and component city of Passi.

Defensor also temporarily banned the operation and use of facilities or venues such as swimming pools, cottages, dining halls, food stations, bars, hotels, motels, and other sites.