Kalibo, Aklan (CNN Philippines, March 28) —  The local government of Malay, Aklan on Sunday placed a barangay in Boracay Island under “surgical lockdown” for two weeks.
According to an advisory, acting Malay mayor Floribar Bautista implemented the surgical lockdown in Zones 5 and 6 of Barangay Balabag that will last until April 10. Authorities describe a surgical lockdown as only targeting places with confirmed COVID-19 cases, allowing other economic activities in adjacent, low-risk areas.
“We are asking for your understanding as the local government unit of Malay takes the necessary initiative in flattening the COVID-19 curve in the community,” the advisory read.
According to Malay municipal tourism chief Felix Delos Santos, four resorts, two hotels, and 25 establishments affiliated with Mabuhay accommodations were affected by the lockdown.
Affected businesses include Red Coconut Beach Hotel, Levantin, Banana Bay, Fat Jimmy Resort, Feliz Hotel and The Tides. From Mabuhay Accommodations, affected were 7 Stones, Babossam Hotel, Bamboo Bungalow, Beach Anne, Casa D’Estrella, Chill Out Hotel, Ellen’s Resort, El Moro, Green Summer Inn, Hey Jude Resort Hotel, Isla Azul, Japers Apartelle, Lanterna, Lola’s Lodge, Sheena’s Beach Resort, T-Three Apartment, Gumamela Resort Branch 1, Palassa Private Residences, Nirvana Resort, Niu Ohana, Island Inn, Isla Gecko, Giulius Boracay Italian Resort, Henann Park, and Midtown.
Tourists within the affected areas are encouraged to follow the movement restrictions set by the local government until quarantine passes are distributed by the barangay.
Incoming tourists are advised to book in Department of Tourism-accredited accommodation establishments outside the affected areas, while those who already booked in the “critical zone” are encouraged to transfer their booking to other hotels or resorts.
The Malay local government also temporarily bans the operation of food parks with entertainment shows and live bands, restaurants with live bands, and organized parties due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the island.