June 9, 2021

The mayor of Surigao Sur has ordered the temporary shutdown of tourist spots

In the face of the ongoing danger of coronavirus illness 2019, the local governing unit (LGU) of Cortes town in Surigao del Sur has ordered the temporary closure of its tourist areas (Covid-19).

Mayor Josie M. Bonifacio issued Executive Order No. 20-2021 on Tuesday, which took effect on Wednesday (June 9) and will last until June 23.

The town of Cortes is home to beautiful beach resorts that are frequented by both international and local visitors, as well as the famed Laswitan Lagoon.

The existence of Covid-19 variations B.1.351 (first found in South Africa), B.1.1.7 (first found in the United Kingdom), and P.3 (first found in the Philippines) in the Caraga Region, as reported by the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 13, was noted by Bonifacio in the order.

Bonifacio also mentioned the town’s rising frequency of Covid-19 cases. Cortes currently has 27 Covid-19 cases, with 16 recoveries, nine ongoing cases, and two documented fatalities as of June 5.

“On Tuesday (June 8), the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force for Covid-19 met to draft new recommendations to prevent a surge in Covid-19 positive cases in the municipality,” Bonifacio added.

The LGU also ordered the implementation of curfew hours from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. throughout the time, in addition to the temporary closure of tourist attractions and places.

During this time, there will be no alcohol available, and cockfights and other types of gambling will be forbidden.

All non-essential meetings are likewise prohibited by the LGU, but masses and other religious meetings are permitted up to 50% capacity.

The decree said that wakes and vigils for people who die other than Covid-19 would be permitted for five days and would be confined to closest family members only.

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