Baguio City parks spring back to life
BAGUIO CITY (PIA) – Parks in this mountain resort are coming back to life as the city government loosened some quarantine restrictions allowing the opening of parks to city residents.
On Sunday(Sept. 6), city residents, many of them families with children who have been locked in their homes for almost six months, are back at the parks albeit cautiously – wearing face masks and observing physical distancing.
The popular Burnham Park reopened for boating, biking and picnicking for everybody to enjoy. Horseback riding was also back at the Wright Park. Other parks in the city like Botanical Garden and Mines View Park were opened.
Atty. Renan Diwas, acting City Environment and Parks Management Officer (CEPMO), said city residents can go to the park any day of the week , but park goers should strictly follow the minimum health protocols to protect themselves from COVID-19 which remains a threat to the health of the people.
Safety protocols should always be observed when in the park or in public places, Diwas reminded. As part of the safety, hand washing stations are installed in the parks and a manageable number of parkgoers will be allowed in the parks.
We expect the cooperation of those going to the parks and the general public as a whole to put into mind their safety, he said adding that there will be adjustments in the easing up of restrictions.
With the reopening of parks to residents, the public was advised to always observe social distancing and avoid gathering with people you don’t live with; wear masks, and clean hands often with water and soap or hand sanitizers. If you are sick or recently exposed (within 14 days) to someone with COVID-19, stay home.
Public parks were closed in mid-March this year due to the treat of COVID-19. The city government is gradually loosening its restrictions on businesses for the economy to recover. **JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR