THE Badian Municipal Government has ordered the immediate closure of the Badian Highlands on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, some 300 motorcycle riders converged in the viewing deck about 1,640 feet above sea level.
The tourist attraction was opened to the public after the town shifted to modified general community quarantine on July 10.
Badian tourism officer Donald Villarin said the riders disregarded health protocol, including observing social distancing and wearing masks.
Because of this, Mayor Carmencita Lumain issued Executive Order 22 implementing a temporary closure of the facility.
The Badian Highlands offers a spectacular view of the Tañon Strait and the mountains around Cebu’s southwestern area.
Villarin said that based on their investigation, the riders initially wore masks, but they removed these when they arrived in the area.
“They said they just wanted to breathe some fresh air,” he said in Cebuano.
He said the riders used a diversion road in the town of Dalaguete on the east coast instead of the national highway to get to Badian.
To reach the Badian Highlands, vehicles take the 13-kilometer road that covers Barangays Poblacion, Taytay, Basak, Talayong and Dobdob from the national highway.
The Municipal Government has yet to provide an exact date as to when the Badian Highlands will reopen.
It also plans to limit the number of tourists and enforce a speed limit for motorists in the area.
Badian is also home to other popular tourist attractions like the Kawasan Falls, Kadungaw Peak, Osmeña Peak and Lambug Beach.
On March 13, 2020, municipal officials suspended all tourism activities as a precaution to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. (ANV / MMC)