In this photo taken on October 1, 2020, a resident wearing a face mask walk along a beach in Boracay, central Philippines. Authorities eased restrictions in the world-famous Boracay on October 1, allowing local tourists to visit the island after more than six months of quarantine as coronavirus infections leveled off.
PHOTO: STR / AFP
The white sandy beaches of one of the world’s most famous vacation islands in the Philippines have reopened to tourists as the country with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in Southeast Asia tries to salvage its battered economy.
Like neighbors Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Philippines has been hit hard by the loss of tourism revenue and is turning to domestic travelers with deals and enticements to try and salvage what’s left of the industry until international travel safely resumes.
By opening up the paradisiacal Boracay Island in central Philippines with its clear blue waters and