2000 Tourists Flock at Bulacan River; 75 Caught Violating Health Protocols

2000 Tourists Flock at Bulacan River Caught Violating Minimum Health Protocols

Police are investigating more than 2,000 tourists who visited to bathe in the river in Barangay Matictic in Norzagaray town, Bulacan.

Due to the severe weather, visitors flocked to a river in the town of Norzagaray, Bulacan, which was temporarily closed to the public. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people visited the Bakas River in Barangay Matictic around noon, despite the fact that it was still closed due to the ongoing pandemic, according to the report.

Tourists at Bulacan River

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The province of Bulacan is also under a general community quarantine (GCQ) that has been tightened. According to Bulacan Provincial Director P/Col. Lawrence Cajipe, they received a report about a breach of the minimum health protocol in the region, so he immediately dispatched Norzagaray PNP and Bulacan 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company members to investigate.

Norzagaray Mayor Alfredo Germar was also seen in the area urging residents to return home. Some people can be seen swimming in the water, crowding around without face masks, while others are resting in their cottages, according to photos posted on Facebook by the Bulacan PNP.

Tourists at Bulacan River

Up to 75 people were given citation tickets for breaking protocol, while others were forced to leave the area and return to their homes on the mayor’s advice. The local government is also conducting an investigation to see if local barangay officials are responsible for the alleged entrance fee collection.

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