More public areas in Navotas City have been closed to the public to stop the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after the city’s number of active cases ballooned in less than a month.
Mayor Toby Tiangco on Wednesday announced that Navotas Centennial Park, which is frequented by joggers and health enthusiasts in and outside the city, will be closed starting Feb. 25 “until further notice.”
This came after Tiangco also placed under lockdown the Navotas City Hall and its annexes for five days after discovering positive cases among its employees.
“Araw-araw, lalo na pag Sabado at Linggo, dinadayo po ang Navotas Centennial Park ng mga gustong mag-exercise o tumambay lamang (Many visit the Navotas Centennial Park every day, especially on Saturdays and Sundays), he said.
“Nakikita po nating dagsa ang mga tao rito, Navoteño man o hindi, at madalas sila ay nagkukumpulan kahit ilang beses na po tayong nagpaalala na panatilihin ang social distancing (We see that residents and non-residents flock there. And most of the time, they do not observe social distancing),” he added.
Tiangco made the move after the city’s COVID-19 daily active cases significantly rose—from only 33 on Feb. 6 to 209 on Feb. 24.
“Hangad po nating pigilan ang mga pagkakataon na magkaroon ng malakihang pagtitipon-tipon dahil maaari itong maging superspreader event o aktibidad na pagmumulan ng malawakang hawaan ng COVID-19 (We just want to prevent mass gathering because this can be a super-spreader event and may lead to further COVID-19 infections),” he added.