Sara orders closure of beaches, inland resorts April 1- 4

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (NF Photo by Arjoy Ceniza)

DAVAO CITY –Mayor Sara Duterte has issued Executive Order No. 19 mandating the closure of  beaches and inland water resorts in this city from April 1-4.

In a radio interview Monday, Duterte noted that there have been successive incidents of minors in violation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) who drowned while swimming and there is a need to prevent such incidents during the long holiday from classes on April 1 to 4.

The EO also stated that the Prevention/Enforcement group of the Response Cluster of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force is working hard to prevent a second wave of a surge in COVID cases that is why there is a need to prevent mass gathering in beaches and inland water resorts during the long holiday weekend for Holy week.

“We do not forbid them to go swimming, we are just asking them to do it some other time. Because of the long weekend, there will be a lot of people in the resorts and it has a big chance for transmission of COVID if there is a mass gathering,” Duterte said.

She also ordered the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) to seek assistance from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Task Force Davao (TFD), Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to implement this order.

“This Holy Week, I suggest that you stay in your home and not on the beach resorts. It might be the reason you can get infected with the virus,” Duterte said.

However, she clarified that the closure only applies to the city’s beaches and inland resorts.