BACOLOD CITY – The City Hall building of Talisay City in Negros Occidental will be placed on lockdown on Friday to give way for decontamination after Mayor Neil Lizares III tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In an advisory issued on Tuesday night by Lizares, a skeleton workforce will man the city government offices on Wednesday and Thursday.
“[This] will pave the way for a thorough disinfection of the City Hall premises with the safety of the public and government employees foremost in mind,” he added.
Hours earlier on Tuesday, Lizares announced in a Facebook post that he tested positive for Covid-19.
“I currently remain asymptomatic and I would like to reassure everyone that I am taking every step possible to ensure that I stay in good health and will recover successfully from the virus,” he said.
The mayor encouraged his constituents to continue praying for the fast recovery of all Covid-19 active cases in the city.
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and continue to follow all minimum safety standards and health protocols for our protection,” he added.
Lizares, who is vaccinated with AstraZeneca jab, is the second mayor in Negros Occidental to have tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco Jr. Was earlier diagnosed as positive for coronavirus. He is in stable condition while recuperating at a private hospital in Bacolod.
Both Lizares and Zayco were present during the Love Negros party meeting at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City on Sept. 18.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, former 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, and the other officials who attended the meeting went on quarantine after Zayco announced that he contracted the virus. (PNA)