BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Bacolod Government Center ground was temporarily closed to the public yesterday and until Sunday.
The decision was reached after the city recorded 31 new Coronavirus 2019 cases, the highest daily record since November 8 last year, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.
There is a strong indication that cases in Bacolod might spike up and we don’t want that to happen, hence everyone is enjoined to cooperate, he said.
Leonardia added that the closure of the NGC grounds is one of the many measures to abort the continued spread of the virus anew in Bacolod.
Bacolod’s active cases now are nearing 200 while hospital beds intended for Covid patients are 24 percent utilized. Several Health workers in the City were also hospitalized as they contracted the disease.
Leonardia stressed that the closure of NGC grounds is a preventive measure and not a lockdown.
He said that he is set to issue an Executive Order regulating the Beaches in the City especially because people will flock these areas on Easter Sunday.
Leonardia added that they will also regulate the coffee shops, especially those in Barangay Alangilan.
Meanwhile, the office of Councilor Cindy Rojas at the BGC was temporarily closed since Monday after one of her staff tested positive for Covid.
Rojas said the rest of her office staff went on isolation and will be working from home to continue processing the SPASS of the returning locally stranded individuals.*