Acting Malay Mayor Floribar Bautista is urging the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay to hasten the approval of an ordinance that would permanently block violators of the health protocols imposed by the local government for Boracay Beach Resort.
“Boracay tourists or guests, who will submit with fake negative Covid19 tests, are banned permanently” said Acting Mayor Bautista.
The directive comes after the discovery of about 30 tourists who were caught submitting fake reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, recently. Among them, was a tourist from Metro Manila who presented a fake result and later tested positive while still in Boracay.
In order to avoid future incidents, the local government of Malay approved several provisions: isolation or quarantine facilities for all establishments, a designated and appointed Covid Response Team facility (Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital), and for individuals suspected of infection, to undergo swab tests and subsequent referral to Malay quarantine facilities.
Local workers have been discouraged from leaving the island, even with negative Covid19 test results. For non-Aklan residents however, given valid reasons, they are allowed to leave for a period of 12 hours. Exceeding this time period would require them to undergo a seven-day quarantine period at their workplace’s designated facility.
For those with official transactions and business to conduct on the island, day passes are granted that are valid from 8am to 8pm.
Boracay establishments are also required to submit their list of bookings to the validating office two days before the tourists’ arrival, for verification.