BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia indefinitely suspended the opening of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC) grounds.
"In as much as we would like to see people in the BGC grounds every day, but for now we have 24 Covid-19 cases at the BGC, we will suspend indefinitely the opening of the BGC grounds," Leonardia said Monday, April 5.
He said he is hopeful that the public will understand the purpose of the temporary closure of the BGC grounds, which is to prevent the spread of the virus.
Leonardia earlier ordered the temporary closure of the BGC grounds from March 29 to April 4.
This came after Bacolod City recorded 33 new Covid-19 cases on March 29, the highest number of new cases in the city in a day since last week of November 2020.
Of the number, seven are nurses, one doctor and others are close contacts and admitted in a hospital.
Leonardia said in previous weeks, the city also recorded about 20 to 25 Covid-19 cases a day which had not happened for a long time.
The mayor noted that it was on November 8, 2020 when the city recorded 40 Covid-19 cases in a day.
"We are hopeful that our people will understand us. This is a preventive measure, this is not a lockdown," Leonardia said.
As of April 4, Bacolod City has a total of 6,179 Covid-19 cases. Of the number, 5,708 patients have recovered, 281 are active cases, and 190 have died.