LGUs prohibit beach goers on ‘San Juan Day’ due to Covid-19

SOUTHERN LEYTE – Those who are planning to go to the beach to spend their ‘San Juan Festival’ are advised by some local government units (LGUs) to stay at home as coronavirus disease continues to increase regionwide.

Earlier, some municipal mayors in this province reminded its residents that swimming in the sea (and rivers) is prohibited, as Southern Leyte is still under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Hinundayan Mayor Elisa Cadingan and Sogod Mayor Imelda Tan issued an advisory on Tuesday, advising residents not to swim at the beach on June 24. Both the mayors reportedly directed our local police authorities to strictly monitor shorelines during the festivity.

June 24 (Wednesday) is the feast of St. John the Baptist and swimming at the beach during his feast day has been a tradition for most Southern Leyteños especially that most of them considered it as a blessing.

“Please be advised that swimming at sea is temporarily prohibited tomorrow, (June 24) where people are expected to converged due to the celebration of St. John’s Day,” Sogod public advisory reads.

In addition, drinking of liquor on the same day is not allowed for the reasons that such activity could attribute to the non-compliance of health protocols.

Southern Leyte has a total of 36 COVID-19 cases as of June 23, 2020.

In Roman Catholicism, St. John’s feast marks the day when Jesus Christ has baptized at the rover of Jordan.

Sogod Bay, Pacific and Panaon areas are popular tourist destination, both for local and foreign tourists, due to its pristine, crystal-clear seawaters.

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