- Boracay will be reopening on October 26, 2018
- However, the government has implemented more rules to be observed
- Some of these are smoking ban and beach parties
Known for its majestic view and white sand, Boracay Island will be reopening on October 26 after 6 months of rehabilitation.
Last April 26, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered to temporarily close Boracay to restore its beauty.
KAMI has learned that from October 15 to 25, Boracay had a dry run opening for local tourists. It has also been announced that many rules are to be observed once it opens to the public again as reported by ABS-CBN News.
What are these new Dos and Don’ts?
Limited entry and accommodations
The government has put a limitation to the entry of tourists. Only 19,000 guests will be allowed to enter the island at any given moment. It has been reported that the government will be issuing access cards to monitor the entry of the guests. Tourists will be required to show their hotel reservation slips before they can enter the island.
From 12,000 rooms, they lessened it to 6,000 to 9,000 rooms only. As reported by Philippine Star, Department of Tourism (DOT) allowed 68 hotels to operate for the reopening of Boracay. Hotels that are not connected to the sewage system or do not have their own treatment facility will not operate.
Beach life activities
All water activities will be temporarily unavailable such as diving in waters around the island, banana boat, parasailing, etc. Smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, dining by the beach as well as hot-coal roasting of meats will be prohibited.
Sad news for party-goers, the annual Labor Day party or “Laboracay” will be banned along with casinos on the island. Souvenir shops and hawkers by the beachfront will be banned as well.
Sand castle making will be regulated.
Fireworks displays are allowed but until 9 p.m. only. Installation of electric lights by the beach will be prohibited as well as piggeries and poultry.
No more plastics
Local government will be strictly observing firms as they are not allowed to give out plastic straws, bags or Styrofoam. Violators will be apprehended.
The government urges everyone to be a responsible tourist and maintain the beauty of Boracay Island.
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