GenSan mayor orders closure of family-owned resort for violation of health protocols

Published April 19, 2021, 4:29 PM

by Joseph Jubelag

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The city government had ordered the closure of a beach resort owned by the family of Mayor Ronnel Rivera for grossly violating health protocols after a melee broke out during a concert held at the resort last April 17.

Mayor Rivera ordered the closure of their family- owned Tropicana beach resort in Barangay Tambler, this city after several spectators during the Reggae Night Jam concert figured in a riot that turned the event into a stampede where more than 500 people turned up to the concert.

Responding policemen arrested six people during the melee.

Authorities said aside from violating health protocols including wearing of face masks and social distancing, the management of the resort had also violated the curfew and liquor ban which is being implemented by the local inter-agency task force against COVID-19 during the curfew period from 12 midnight until 4 a.m.

Organizers of the concert had earlier applied for a permit from the city government but was denied citing existing health protocols being implemented by the local inter-agency task force against CVID-19.