FAMOUS surfing area in La Union province labeled as the ‘Surf Capital of the North’ has been placed under granular lockdown after two of the famous ‘Poblacion Girl’ close contacts attended a fundraiser at a restaurant -bar there.
The mayor of the city of San Juan, Arturo Valdriz, placed the surf zone, particularly in Barangay Urbiztondo, under granular lockdown for 15 days from January 8 by a decree of January 7.
Valdriz said two of the close contacts of Gwyneth Chua, popularly known as “Poblacion Girl,” who was found to be a carrier of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, attended a fundraiser at the resto-bar Kermit La Union in the barangay (village).
On December 13, 2021, Chua, a balikbayan from the United States, broke quarantine protocols and attended a party in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. On December 31, 2021, 15 of his contacts tested positive for Covid-19.
On January 6, Valdriz said 18 of 20 people exposed to the fundraiser that took place at Kermit La Union tested positive for Covid-19.
The mayor’s decree provides for the temporary closure of all commercial establishments in the surf zone for 15 days to allow contact tracing and complete disinfection.
Valdriz said the “beach closure” provision of his executive decree states that no person or group will be allowed to stay in municipal marine waters and the foreshore area of the coast of the town of. San Juan for any reason except government authorities and Covid- related agencies, workers and volunteers, local fishermen and joggers.
He said all public and private events, parties, mass gatherings and the like within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Juan during the duration of the granular lockdown are also prohibited.
He added that the order can be lifted or extended depending on the circumstances and the containment zone may be reduced as the health and safety situation improves and vice versa.