Resorts and beaches in Bacolod City will be closed on the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24 to contain the spread of COVID-19, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Friday, June 18.
Familiaran said Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is expected to issue an order for the one day closure soon.
Leonardia said he, Familiaran and Emergency Operations Center officials are holding consultation meetings with owners of resorts, bars, restaurants and coffee shops in connection with the Feast of St. John the Baptist , which traditionally gathers big crowds.
The city officials held a consultation meeting with the owners of such establishments in barangays Punta Taytay and Pahanocoy on Friday.
Another meeting will be held with the Alangilan and Granada groups on Saturday, June 19.
“We will be seeking their support and cooperation in our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our city,” Leonardia said.
Bacolod City had 112 new COVID-19 cases on Friday for a total of 2,103 active cases, the Department of Health reported.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lascon earlier also ordered the closure of all beaches, resorts and waterparks and other similar recreational venues in Negros Occidental from June 23 to 25 to prevent mass gatherings on the Feast of St. John the Baptist.*