Authorities impose 14-day liquor ban in Boracay

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Kalibo, Aklan (CNN Philippines, June 9) — Local authorities have imposed a 14-day liquor ban in Boracay to address rising COVID-19 cases on the island.

"Superspreader events must be minimized as parties and gatherings were seen by the Provincial IATF and Provincial Health Office (PHO) as the major cause of the surge of COVID-19 (cases) on the island," Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said Wednesday.

The ban took effect on June 8.

The province of Aklan is currently under modified general community quarantine.

On June 7, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) - Boracay appealed to exclude the island from travel restrictions and liquor bans. Miraflores only approved the exclusion from travel restrictions, saying tourists should also feel there are limitations in activities in the area.

"Kailangan nating siguruhin na ligtas ang ating mga turista maging ang mga residente mula sa virus. Ang mga party-party ang isa sa mga dahilan ng paglobo ng kaso sa Boracay. Huwag nating antayin na muli na pang maapektuhan nito ang ating turismo," he added.

[Translation: We need to ensure the safety of our tourists and residents from the virus. Parties are one of the reasons behind the increasing cases in Boracay. Let us not wait for our tourism industry to be affected again.]

Curfew hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be also enforced on the island. All tourists are also still required to present negative swab tests result taken within 72 hours before arrival.

Meanwhile, four tourists were arrested in Tabon Port on Tuesday after submitting fake RT-PCR test results in an attempt to enter Boracay. The tourists all came from Metro Manila.

They were brought to a quarantine facility in Kalibo and will undergo swab tests. Appropriate charges will be also filed against them in accordance with Republic Act No 11332 or Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases, and Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code or Falsification of Documents.

Latest government data showed total COVID-19 infections in Aklan have reached 3,028, with 440 active cases.