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Curfew, business closure in Angeles seen

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga — The local government of this city will be imposing a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting today as Angeles has experienced a surge in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.

In a statement, Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said that the city saw a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks and to ensure that the surge will be halted, he also ordered to temporarily close fitness centers in the city for two weeks.

He added that Angeles City recorded a double-digit increase in the number of daily cases, including recording a case of the South African variant.

The local chief executive stressed that the curfew to be implemented is seen to curb the spread of the deadly respiratory disease as he issued Resolution 02, Series of 2021 upon the recommendation of the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) headed by Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center Head Dr. Froilan Canlas and City Health Officer Dr. Verona Guevarra.

Included in the resolution is the temporary closure of gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities for a period of two weeks as Lazatin noted that these areas are where the virus had spread due to the enclosed space.

These fitness centers will only be allowed to resume operation upon issuing a written consent from the Business Permit and Licensing Department (BPLD) and under the scrutiny of the City Health Office (CHO) regarding the situation of the Covid-19 cases in the city.

Standard health and safety protocols are still in effect as children and minors aged 15 years old and below “are strictly prohibited from leaving their residence.”

Lazatin added that food establishments especially those allowing dine-in clients are required to implement the 50 percent maximum occupancy of diners.

Meanwhile, places of worship are still allowed 30 percent maximum number of allowed people inside the venue, with administrators monitoring attendees who did not get inside the venue to still observe social distancing protocols.

The local chief executive also urged barangay officials and local police to reinforce the city’s safety and health protocols.

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