BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Minors will no longer be allowed to enter the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City starting January 7 due to the fast spreading of COVID-19 Omicron variant.
This is to send a message to parents that minors should again stay home, according to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.
By having the Capitol Lagoon off limits to minors, Lacson said there is no reason for parents to bring their children outside of their homes.
While it is a sad decision, as he sees young kids enjoying the lagoon, but I think the message is clear that we have to vigilant against COVID-19, he stressed.
Lacson, in his issued executive order, said that children below 13 years of age are not yet vaccinated, and are, therefore more prone to be infected with COVID-19, especially the Omicron variant.
He added that the Provincial Capitol Lagoon shall be allowed up to 50 percent outdoor venue capacity and will open to the public from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Minimum public health standards prescribed by the Department of Health shall be strictly enforced at all times, with emphasis on temperature check-up and observance of physical distancing, as well as wearing of mask inside the park.
The Capitol Lagoon was reopened to the public on December 13 last year, after more than a year of being closed due to the pandemic.*