ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered a 15-day extension on the temporary closure of beach resorts and similar establishments to curb community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In an executive order, Salazar said the extension, which took effect on Labor Day, is prompted by the continued surge of Covid-19 cases in the city which has reached a total of 6,739 as of Monday, based on the City Health Office data.
Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said Tuesday the total confirmed cases consisted of 4,854 are recoveries, 1,634 active cases, and 251 deaths.
Salazar’s directive prohibits all individuals from gathering in beaches and inland resorts to prevent the unnecessary congregation of people.
Salazar warned that violators shall be fined a maximum of PHP5,000 in accordance with Section 5(t) of Ordinance No. 532.
This is on top of the automatic revocation of the business permit and the closure of the establishment, she added.
Meanwhile, the mayor said all persons or participants caught inside the beach resort or other similar establishments shall pay PHP1,500 in accordance with Ordinance No. 532.
A compliance team, whose members are from different government agencies, has been activated to ensure compliance of E.O. 654-2021. (PNA)