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Restrictions up on Boracay religious gatherings

SunStar File

THE local government of Malay in Aklan has imposed restrictions on religious gatherings in Boracay because of the surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the island resort.

Acting Malay Mayor Floribar Bautista said that as of April 7, the Municipal Health Office recorded 91 active cases of Covid-19 in Boracay.

Last April 1, Bautista ordered that the central part of Boracay -- Barangay Balabag -- be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the Covid-19 cases, while Zones 1-7 of adjacent Barangay Manocmanoc have also been placed under granular lockdown.

In a two-page Executive Order 14, Bautista said religious gatherings are only allowed in Barangay Yapak and the chapel can only accommodate 30 percent of its total capacity.

For weddings, baptism and funerals, only 15 persons are allowed to attend.

Bautista also asked the technical working group composed of force multipliers, such as the Philippine National Police and barangay officials, among others, to monitor the implementation of the executive order. (SunStar Philippines)


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