There will be less drinking allowed in the picturesque island of Boracay after an existing law that prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain areas was expanded by their local government.
The municipal council of Malay recently passed the ordinance which prohibits drinking in public places within a specific distance, the Inquirer reports.
Now, you can’t consume alcohol within five meters of beaches, parks, and riverbanks.
The same goes for people who are within six meters of other places like streets, walkways, and other avenues frequented by the public.
Violators will be fined the following rates:
First offense – P500
Second offense – P1,000
Third and succeeding offense – P2,500 or a 30-day jail time
Municipal councilor Nenette Aguirre-Graf, who authored the ordinance, said tourists can still get their fill at designated locations offering alcohol like bars, establishments, and hotels.
Graf also said the new regulations simply aim to help preserve the beauty of Boracay, which has boomed into one of the most popular beach and party destinations in the world.
Boracay currently has various ordinances in place that limit things such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, and even noise pollution as part of efforts to maintain the island’s appeal.
Just last month, droves of foreign and local tourists visited Boracay during the Holy Week followed by the annual LaBoracay celebrations.