CITY OF SAMAL – Mayor Al David Uy of the Island Garden City of Samal have suspended the operations in all beaches and resort parties and establishments starting June 1 up to June 14.
The mayor’s order was stipulated in his Executive Order (EO) No. 291 for purposes of controlling the surge of coronavirus disease and its mutations which are already reported in the country.
However, there are also exemptions on his order and these are the DEpartment of Tourism’s star-rated resorts, which maybe allowed to continue operating as they have certified to have the staycation regulations.
“As a precautionary measure to prevent an uncontrollable surge of Covid-19 transmission, it is necessary to suspend temporarily all resort operations (inland and beach) and all tourism activities in the Island Garden City of Samal,” the mayor said in his EO.
Based on current reports on the state of coronavirus scare in the city, there were 21 active cases out of the 357 officially recorded coronavirus infections.
322 of those postive of the virus have recovered while 14 succumbed to deaths.
The mayor stressed that they are protecting the island city from neighboring LGUs as well as the National Capital Region (NCR), including Davao City which are having surge of corona virus cases in the past weeks.
Uy clarified that “we need to balance public safety with economic recovery to protect the people against Covid-19 transmission.”
“Thus, to prevent the same from turning into full-blown community transmission, it is imperative for the City Government to institute preventive measures. Records from the City Investment and Tourism Office showed that the city is frequently visited by tourists conducting summer outings, gatherings, and other celebrations, which will be a potential source of Covid-19 transmission,” the mayor reported.
Uy said those affected resort workers will be helped by the city government, as well as through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of DOLE. – PNA