Manila Ocean Park now open to tourists

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — A popular tourist attraction in Manila is welcoming visitors again, a year after it was forced to temporarily shut down due to the pandemic.

The Manila Ocean Park opened its gates on Thursday to fully vaccinated individuals between 18 and 65 years old.

Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who led the reopening, said this would help create more jobs and boost economic recovery.

"We are hopeful [businesses] like yours will get back on track," Lacuna said. "You are conveying a clear message that we are almost getting out of the tunnel and beginning to see the light."

The Manila Ocean Park will be accessible to the public from Thursdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Several tourist spots, including oceanariums, have been closed since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020. Some were allowed to reopen after the country's capital downgraded to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday.