Defensor orders closure of tourism establishments until May 31

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To curb Covid-19 transmission in the province, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has ordered the temporary closure of all resorts, beaches and other tourism and accommodation establishments from May 22 to May 31.

Iloilo is now experiencing a Covid-19 surge, with 690 of the 6,743 total confirmed infections are active cases, as of May 19.

On Thursday, Defensor issued an executive order (EO) adjusting quarantine measures. (

“For the two-week period from May 4 to May 18, the daily average confirmed Covid-19 cases is 33, with an average daily attack rate of 1.98, and a two-week growth rate of 37.26 percent for a supposed community quarantine classification of moderate (general community quarantine),” part of the EO read.

The following are the adjusted protocols:

-The operation of facilities for recreation and leisure of tourism, recreation and accommodation establishments shall be suspended, provided that such tourism, recreation and accommodation establishments may continue to provide basic board and lodging services (room and meals) to Authorized Persons Outside of their Residences, returning or repatriated overseas Filipino workers and other overseas Filipinos returning to their places of residence; and other returning residents.

-Swimming and other recreation activities in public beaches, inland, watersand, and other tourist spots shall be prohibited.

-For restaurants, fast food chains and food stalls, dine-in service shall be allowed to open at 50 percent of seating capacity, provided that diners shall not be seated directly face-to-face (or not directly in front of each other), and that there shall a barrier made of impermeable and transparent material between opposite sides of the tables; tables and chairs shall be at least one-meter apart; alcoholic drinks/beverages, shall not be sold and/or served; and sing-along, karaoke and/or videoke shall likewise not be allowed.

As of Wednesday, the province had 5,881 recoveries and 182 casualties.