Beach resorts, leisure venues in Zamboanga del Sur to close as COVID cases rise

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Pagadian City (CNN Philippines, May 3) — Starting Monday, all beach resorts and leisure venues in Zamboanga del Sur will be temporarily closed until May 31 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province.

Executive Order No. 2021-13 signed by Governor Victor Yu on Sunday specified the liquor ban and closure of entertainment venues, such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls and theatres.

"Total liquor ban shall be imposed in the entire province of Zamboanga del Sur. As such, the selling, distribution and consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in the entire province is strictly prohibited," read the executive order.

Fairgrounds, child amusement centers such as playgrounds, playrooms and kiddie rides, as well as cockfighting and the operation of cockpits are also prohibited. However, cockpits that are used solely for licensed e-sabong and regulated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation are exempted.

Hotels and other establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism are also allowed to operate provided they strictly follow all health and safety protocols.

Persons below fifteen years old, those who are over 65 years of age, people who have health risks, and pregnant women are required to remain in their residences at all times except for essential travel.

The EO further said travelers are not required to undergo quarantine except when, upon assessment, they show symptoms of COVID-19 and/or test positive in a rapid antigen test.

However, component local government units have the discretion to administer an RT-PCR or antigen test upon the arrival of travelers, which would be done at their expense.