BACOLOD CITY – Resorts and parks in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental have been closed to the public indefinitely amid the surge in local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in recent weeks.
On Monday, data released by the Provincial Incident Management Team showed that San Carlos City, the province’s northernmost locality located just across Cebu, still has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in Negros Occidental as of April 4, with 119 cases.
On April 3, the city logged 78 cases from only 49 on March 31.
In Executive Order 22, series of 2021, Mayor Renato Gustilo ordered the suspension of operations of all resorts and recreational parks starting April 2.
“It has been noted that there is a surge in cases of local transmission in the city as evidenced by the increasing number of residents who tested positive for Covid-19…Among the most practical and proactive measures to reduce the risk of transmission is the prohibition of spontaneous crowding or mass gathering,” Gustilo said in the directive.
In EO 22, the mayor stated that all public resorts and leisure parks must temporarily stop operations thereby, prohibiting the conduct and holding of events and activities considered not essential.
He also ordered that recreational areas within the resorts should be closed to “avoid the gathering of individuals and uncontrolled exposure due to difficulty in maintaining the ideal social distancing”.
Gustilo prohibited as well the conduct of non-essential activities in public places, resorts, parks, and other tourism establishments.
“The public is hereby advised not to hold any events which are unnecessary and non-essential to avoid the possibility of uncontrolled or spontaneous crowding,” he added.
Gustilo directed resort operators to find ways and solutions to immediately cancel bookings and reservations as well as advised clients and customers to initiate the cancellation of their bookings while EO 22 is being implemented. (PNA)