No liquor ban in Boracay but discos still not allowed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — Acting Malay town Mayor Frolibar Bautista said there will be no liquor ban as Boracay reopens to local tourism.

However, in a press conference on Thursday, Bautista said that disco bars will not be allowed to operate in the island.

Boracay started accepting local tourists outside Western Visayas from both areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine on Oct. 1. Tourists are required to have a negative RT-PCR test result 48 to 72 hours prior to their travel to the Aklan island.

The top destination is allowed to welcome 19,000 tourists a day, and 4,474 rooms, and 204 accommodations have been authorized.

The Department of Tourism will closely monitor the slow reopening of Boracay to local tourism before they allow foreigners, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

She added that the restarting of economy is much urgent among workers in the tourism sector who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said some 4.8 million workers in the tourism industry have been laid off or have had their salaries cut.

“You can imagine ‘yong hirap na dinadanas ng ating stakeholders (the hardship our stakeholders are experiencing)," Romulo-Puyat said. "Ninety-nine percent of those in the accommodation sectors are from MSMEs.”