The local governments of EB Magalona as well as the cities of Sagay and Cadiz in Negros Occidental are prohibiting picnics and swimming in public and private beach resorts, as well as rivers,to mark theFeast of St. John the Baptist today.
Their precautionary measures are in line with efforts to stop the spread of COVID- 19 as the number of cases in the province continues to increase.
EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon yesterday enjoined the barangay captains of coastal villages, areas with resorts, rivers and similar recreational areas to mobilize their barangay tanods to monitor and ensure compliance with his order.
Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante also issued an executive order prohibiting all gatherings at beaches, rivers, lakes and parks, and imposing a liquor ban today.
While outdoor activities are allowed under the Modified General Community Quarantine, Escalante said that everyone should adhere to social distancing requirements of at least six feet and limit the gatherings to 10 persons.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages and liquorwithin public view is also prohibited, he added.
Violators of the liquor ban are required to attend 10 hours of information and advocacy lectures on the risks of COVID-19 at the police headquarters or at designated advocacy areas identified by the Incident Management Team of Cadiz City.
If a violation is committed by a juridical person selling alcoholic beverages, liquor or spirits, the manager or highest ranking employee on duty at the time of violation will also undergo the advocacy lecture, Escalante also said.
Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said in a public advisory that the measures are necessary to avoid mass gatherings, especially now that security at the borders have been loosened, and with the orders of the national government to allow the return of Locally Stranded Individuals.
Marañon also called for continuing prayers and cooperation of Sagaynons in the fight against COVIC-19 pandemic.
Maj. Edison Garcia, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday welcomed the advisory issued by the local government units in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garcia said that a memorandum was also sent to all police stations in Negros Occidental reminding them to strictly enforce mandated health protocols, such as avoidance of mass gathering, observance of physical distancing, and wearing of masks, in areas of convergence.*
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