THE Lapu-Lapu City government will monitor public beaches, resorts and hotels should they plan to hold parties and gatherings now that the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City has been postponed.
Mayor Junard Chan said should tourism-based establishments in the city plan to hold Sinulog parties, they will need to secure permission from the city government.
“They’re only allowed 50 percent and of course they will ask permission before they do that so they have to go through us. I’m sure if they do party without any permits from the LGU, we will automatically stop their activities. If they resist, they will be taken to the police,” Chan said.
Chan warned managers of hotels, resorts and even beaches that any party that will be conducted in their establishments will be stopped immediately if they fail to secure permission from the City.
Chan said he has no problem with the city’s hotels after they made a commitment with the City Tourism, Cultural and Historical Affairs on implementing quarantine measures when holding gatherings.
“The city hotels are not the problem. The problem is the public beaches because they’re very open, so the owners may have a hard time controlling the crowd,” Chan said.
In a separate interview, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) director Col. Arnel Banzon told Superbalita Cebu that he will deploy his personnel on a regular basis to inspect the city’s tourism establishments.
He also urged the public to avoid going to public beaches especially during the Sinulog weekend to avoid getting caught in mass gatherings.
He said he will enforce the 50 percent maximum capacity in public beaches and has ordered his men to stop anyone from entering public beaches should they find that these beaches are full.
Nagiel Banacia, head of the City’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said only non-Lapu-Lapu City residents can visit the city’s private beaches.
“Non-city residents must only use private beaches, not public beaches, for registration and easy contact tracing reasons. Only Lapu-Lapu City residents are allowed to use public beaches like Marbeach and other beaches in Marigondon, Subabasbas, Maribago and Mactan. Cops and tanods will still be there to monitor the compliance of the executive order. Violators will be sent back home,” Banacia added. / NDT / JKV