Boracay is now open for NCR Plus and neighboring provinces visitors

Manila, Philippines – The Malay Tourism Office has announced that Boracay is now open to visitors from NCR Plus after the local government of Aklan allowed leisure activity and travels in the region and neighboring areas.

As per IATF-EID Resolution 118A, starting June 1 until June 15, Boracay is now open to all visitors from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, though the said provinces are in the GCQ with restrictions classification.

The government has eased the domestic travel restriction to areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified GCQ particularly in Boracay to allow NCR Plus visitors in leisure activities.

As per Malacañang announcement, all tourist are subject to the RT-PCR test-before-travel requirements and travel to tourist spots must be point-to-point only.

GCQ With Restrictions Explained

“Itong restriction, ito yong limited number of persons magkain. Whenever there is a grouping of human beings, talaga susundin ninyo social distancing, lahat na,” President Duterte said in a taped speech.

Under the new classification, travel to and travel from NCR Plus shall be remained restricted. Dine-in, Tourist spots and Religious gathering shall also be remained limited.

Some restrictions shall still be in place in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces limiting the capacities of certain industries.

Allowed in MECQ, GCQ with restriction and GCQ

  • Lottery games is temporarily allowed (inclusion in negative list suspended via Reso 115)
  • Areas under GCQ with restriction and GCQ are temporarily allowed in Horse racing with off-track betting (OTB) stations (inclusion in negative list suspended via Reso 114).
  • Areas under MECQ: Outdoor contact sports, games, scrimmages such as individual outdoor exercises (outdoor walks, jogging, running, biking) are allowed within the general area of their residence.
  • Non-contact sports are allowed in areas under GCQ with restrictions and GCQ.
  • Indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attraction is 50% allowed in areas under GCQ.
  • Venues for meetings, conferences, exhibitions is 50% allowed in areas under GCQ. Meanwhile, in areas under GCQ with restriction is 30% allowed (may add up to additional 10% if granted by the safety seal if it used for social events).
  • Personal care services (salons, parlors, beauty clinics and alike.,) is 50% allowed in areas under GCQ. Meanwhile, 40% is allowed only for services not requiring the removal of facemask. May add up to 10% if it is granted by the safety seal in areas under GCQ with restriction.
  • Outdoor tourist attraction is 50% allowed in areas under GCQ. Meanwhile, only 30% is allowed in areas under GCQ with restrictions.
  • Specialized market of the DOT (staycation/DOT accredited accommodations) is allowed in GCQ, while in areas under GCQ with restriction is also allowed but individual must follow MPHS, safety protocols, without age restrictions) Staycation hotels with CAOS – up to 100% venue capacity; other DOT-accredited accommodation establishments – 30%; with LGU oversight.
  • Indoor dining is are allowed in GCQ and GCQ with restriction but only 50% and 30% capacity are allowed respectively.
  • Outdoor dining (Al fresco) is 50% allowed in GCQ with restriction.
  • Religious Activities, wakes, weddings, baptism is 10% allowed in areas under MECQ but LGUs may increase up to 30% necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals only to immediate family members. Meanwhile, 30% are allowed in areas under GCQ and GCQ with restriction and LGUs can increase up to 50%.
  • Interzonal travel from NCR Plus areas are allowed in areas under GCQ but subject to destination LGU restriction while in areas under GCQ with restriction is also allowed but subject to destination LGU restrictions, For point-to-point travel, allowed age restriction but with testing before travel requirement.
  • Interzonal travel within NCR Plus areas are allowed in all areas.
  • 18 to 65 years old are allowed to go out in areas under MECQ, GCQ with restriction and GCQ.

Not Allowed in MECQ, GCQ with restriction and GCQ

  • MECQ, GCQ with restrictions and GCQ are strictly prohibited in entertainment venues (bars, concert halls, theaters, etc.), recreational venues (internet cafes, billiards halls, arcades, etc.), amusement parks, fairs, playgrounds, kiddie rides, and cockfighting.
  • Horse racing with off-track betting is not allowed in areas under MECQ.
  • Indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attraction are not allowed in areas under MECQ and GCQ with restriction.
  • Venues for meetings, conferences, exhibitions are not allowed in areas under MECQ.
  • Personal care services (salons, parlors, beauty clinics and alike.,) is not allowed in areas under MECQ.
  • Outdoor tourist attraction is not allowed in areas under MECQ.
  • Specialized market of the DOT (staycation/DOT accredited accommodations) is not allowed in areas under MECQ.
  • Indoor dining is not also allowed in areas under MECQ.
  • Outdoor dining (Al fresco) are not applicable in areas under MECQ and GCQ.
  • Interzonal travel from NCR Plus areas are not allowed but only limited to APOR only.

Covid-19 Updates

The number of active cases in the Philippines as of June 01 has increased by 5,177 bringing the total active cases to 53,203. As announced by DOH, there were 6,230 new recoveries giving the total number of recoveries to 1,161,252.

Meanwhile, 46 deaths has been reported by the DOH.

View here the complete information about Covid-19 updates in the Philippines as of June 01, 2021.

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