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Manila Bay Closed Again Following Mass Gathering On Dolomite Beach

MANILA BAY CLOSED – A day after its opening, authorities have closed down the new controversial dolomite beach.

Yesterday, a swarm of people flooded Manila Bay to bare witness to the beautified Manila Bay. Since the announcement, the project faced criticism due to it being allegedly unsustainable. Furthermore, several environmental experts believed the sand could harm the ecology of the bay.

Still, despite the warning, and the ongoing pandemic, hundreds of people were seen lining up to enter manila bay without social distancing. Along with this, there were residents who took pictures without any face masks or face shields.

Manila Bay Closed Following Massive Crowd With No Social Distancing
a group of people walking in front of a crowd

Because of this incident, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Camilo Cascolan has sacked Lieutenant Ariel Caramoan for failing to impose proper social distancing protocols. According to an article from Sunstar, COVID Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar stated:

Clearly, he also failed to comply with the JTF Covid Shield order that was coordinated with the chief PNP for all police commanders to monitor and immediately take action on violations of the quarantine protocols that are going viral in the social media

Following this, authorities decided not to open the bay again on Monday. A report from ABS-CBN said the closure was due to the bay continuing its rehabilitation. Along with this, authorities have prohibited visitors from taking pictures of the dolomite beach.

Along with this, Ermita police have also barred visitors attempting to visit the white sand beach of Manila Bay.

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