SAN JUAN, La Union – The municipality of San Juan in La Union province, known as “surfing capital of Northern Luzon”, temporarily closed its beaches and rivers from March 31 to 5:59 a.m. on April 5.
In Executive Order (EO) No. 8, series of 2021, issued on Tuesday, San Juan municipal Mayor Arturo Valdriz said they expect influx of local and foreign visitors, devotees, and returning residents in observance of the Holy Week and summer break that prompted the temporary closure to ensure the protection of the community against the possible spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“No person or group shall be allowed to stay in the municipal sea waters and within the foreshore area of the coast, including the rivers for any reason, except for the municipal or local Covid-19 task force on duty. Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (are) assigned to secure the area, national law enforcement agencies, municipal disaster risk reduction, and management council volunteers assigned to help in the area,” Valdriz said in the EO.
The EO also exempts local fishermen and joggers.
However, the EO prohibits structures in the foreshore except those that cater to the needs of government enforcers, and activities that disturb the solemnity of the Holy Week like videoke, concerts, loud music, and alike.
Valdriz said swimming in pools is allowed except for walk-in guests, and resort owners shall limit the capacity to 50 percent.
He also reminded the residents to observe minimum public health protocols. (PNA)