Interagency group opens Boracay to all ages from Western Visayas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23) — Tourists of all ages can now visit Boracay Island, as long as they are from Western Visayas, the Tourism department announced on Thursday.

After three months of community quarantine, the island reopened for tourism on June 16 for visitors within the region, but limited to those above 21 and below 60 years old.

The Department of Tourism said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the policy-making body in the government's COVID-19 response, has lifted the restrictions.

"This move aims to further reinvigorate the tourism economy in the region and address the earlier clamor of Boracay tourism stakeholders to attract more tourists to the island," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

She said the island is coronavirus-free, adding that health and safety protocols are in place to make sure the situation is maintained.

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Meanwhile, Western Visayas, composed of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, has recorded a total of 908 confirmed COVID-19 infections, including 615 active cases. These areas are under modified general community quarantine, the lowest level of restriction.

Local tourism authorities have issued 115 certificates of authority to hotels and other establishments in Western Visayas.