Capitol park reopens

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has ordered the reopening of Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon in Bacolod City.

The park, which was closed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be open to walkers and joggers on Saturday, November 7, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

“Although the order issued today, November 3, states that the reopening should be effective immediately, we still need to put the guards and protocols in place,” Diaz said.

Lacson said the guidelines on the implementation of community quarantine in the Philippines allow indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise, which will improve the physical and mental well-being of Negrenses.

However, the governor said the following health and safety protocols should be observed at the park:

• Number of visitors should be limited to 50 at any given time;
• Temperature check, logbook login and handwashing should be complied with in order to be permitted entry into the park;
• Physical distancing and wearing of face mask and shield must be observed inside the park;
• Events and social will not be allowed;
• Only persons aged 18 to 65 will be granted entry to the park; and
• Activities inside the park should be limited to walking and jogging. Group exercises should be limited to three persons.

The governor designated the Capitol’s Safety and Security Division as the implementing committee to ensure compliance with the health protocols at the park.*

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