Sagay City gov’t bans tourists in Brgy. Vito

Posted by watchmen
April 29, 2021
Posted in HEADLINE

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III has issued an executive order banning the entry of tourists in the city’s Barangay Vito starting April 30 to May 2.

This came as the coastal barangay is set to celebrate the feast day of their patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer, from May 1 to 2.

The San Vicente Ferrer Shrine is a popular destination for pilgrims, and is known for “Palapak”’ wherein an image of San Vicente Ferrer is being placed on different parts of the body of the pilgrims which they believe can cure ailments.

The recommendation to close off the barangay was made by the city’s COVID-19 task force.

In his executive order released on Monday, April 26, Marañon pointed out the festivities attract huge numbers of travelers coming from other cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental and even from neighboring Cebu.

Entry in the barangay has also been limited to essential travel only, which means relatives and friends of residents in the area are also covered by the travel restriction.

Despite the travel ban, Marañon will still allow religious services and activities in Barangay Vito, although he reminded local residents to follow the city’s health protocols.

The San Vicente Ferrer Shrine has also been limited to a 30 percent seating attendance during their religious services.

As of Tuesday, April 27, Sagay City posted a total of 538 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 35 are tagged as active, 488 recoveries and 15 deaths./DGB, WDJ


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