"Wala pong lockdown sa Baguio. We are still open to visitors and tourists,” Magalong said during the Kapihan sa Baguio forum for updates of the nCov on Thursday, in reaction to an earlier report.
“Only the postponement of government-sponsored events that would attract large crowds in the next three weeks was announced as a preventive measure against the 2019 Novel Corona Virus,” the Public Information Office of the city government said.
Last week, Magalong postponed the Panagbenga 2020 opening parade set on February 1, and the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) scheduled on Feb. 16 to 21 as part of the pre-emptive measures taken to protect the people from the nCoV.
Also affected is the closure of Session Road to motorists every Sunday so that cultural and artistic activities can take over.
"We're doing this because we want to be proactive about it. We are very much concerned about the health of our residents and visitors in the city," Magalong said.
The mayor also clarified that there is no plan to close the nigh market.
“We don’t have any plans to close down the night market because if we do, then let’s close the operation of our public and super markets. One way or the other, we have to put in place a sense of normalcy. We cannot simply be hostage to this corona virus threat,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc. has decided to reschedule the Alumni Homecoming on Feb. 22 in consideration of the safety and health of the cadets, alumni, personnel, dependents, and the general public.
The PMA has temporarily closed its doors to visitors until further notice to safeguard the health and safety of the cadets. Only parents and relatives may visit the cadets with the supervision of the PMA health practitioners.
“We are doing everything to make sure that the city is safe. We have been working with the Department of Health. We have put up a surveillance system and at the same time we created a task force, we created the barangay response teams, we are implementing strategic control measures and mitigating measures; its business as usual,” Magalong said. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis