Lingayen, Pangasinan mayor Leopoldo Bataoil has warned residents and tourists of stiff penalties after noticing that most of them have been disregarding guidelines of the minimum health protocols.
After tallying fewer and fewer cases the past couple of weeks, Lingayen is slowly opening up its economy as well as one of its top tourist attractions, the Lingayen Baywalk where hundreds of strollers and bikers visit the place every day.
Bataoil however has noticed how people are starting to get seemingly unmindful of the continuing threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Hinayaan natin na muling mag-operate ang mga negosyo upang manumbalik ang sigla ng ekonomiya subalit kung makukumpromiso nito ang kulusugan ng marami nating kababayan ay hindi ako mag-aatubiling ipataw ang kaukulang penalty sa mga violators (We allowed businesses to operate and help reinvigorate our economy. But if the health and safety of our constituents will be compromised, I won’t hesitate to impose the appropriate penalty to violators,” said Bataoil.
A number of provinces, particularly those near the National Capital Region, are on their toes after the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in and around the NCR.
The National Capital Region and its four adjacent provinces Laguna, Rizal, Cavite and Bulacan are in uniform quarantine classification under the newly-imposed General Community Quarantine (GCQ) “bubble” to address the rapidly increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country and will last up to April 4.