BACOLOD CITY – Beach resorts located in the southern part of this city will be closed on Easter Sunday upon the request of the local government to contain the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a statement on Wednesday he is thankful to the business owners for their voluntary support since the closure was not enforced on them.
On Tuesday, Leonardia led city officials in meeting with the resort operators in Barangays Punta Taytay and Pahanocoy to appeal for the closure of their businesses on April 4.
The beach resorts in the two villages are among the areas frequented by thousands during Holy Week, especially on Easter Sunday.
“This makes a very high Covid-19 risk situation,” Leonardia said, knowing that breaches in health and safety protocols, particularly non-observance of social distancing, could happen in these places.
“We don’t like to do this. As much as I like progress, we have to address Covid-19 first,” he added.
Leonardia and other city officials are also set to meet with resort owners in Barangay Granada and Alangilan in the eastern part of Bacolod to air a similar appeal on Wednesday.
Upon the recommendation of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force, the city is observing stricter regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the Holy Week.
City Administrator Em Ang, executive director of the EOC-TF, cited figures, showing that Bacolod has recorded 188 active cases in the last 14 days only, with a 17-percent positivity rate from March 23 to 29.
Helena Flores Olave, representative of Solena’s Beach, and Lina Alcala Peña, owner of Alcala Beach, said they agree to a one-day closure because health is more important than money.
Punta Taytay village chief Leah Palma appealed to her constituents to strictly observe the imposed minimum health protocols while Pahanocoy village chief Yolanda Noble requested cooperation from the residents. (PNA)