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More cops to be deployed at dolomite beach

/ 04:33 AM October 26, 2021
MPD tasked to talk with Manila LGU about crowd control at 'dolomite beach'

People trooping to the Manila baywalk dolomite beach along Roxas boulevard in Manila city on October 17, 2021, a day after authorities eased its quarantine restrictions in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — More cops will soon be deployed to Manila baywalk dolomite beach to avert superspreader events with thousands of people visiting the artificial beach project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police, likewise directed the Manila Police District to coordinate with the dolomite beach administrator and the Manila government on possibly imposing limits on the number of visitors and their length of stay.

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Eleazar also urged the public to exercise self-discipline in strictly abiding by health protocols and steer clear of gatherings in public areas, including the dolomite beach, where it would be near impossible to observe physical distancing.

Thousands of visitors, including kids, crowded the dolomite beach over the weekend with most of them staying longer than necessary and increasing the risk of COVID-19 infection. Physical distancing was practically ignored by the crowd.

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“We understand the excitement of some persons to be able to go outside after a long lockdown, but it’s not a reason to disregard each other’s safety, especially of the children who are still prohibited to go out under alert level 3,” Eleazar pointed out.

—JEANNETTE I. ANDRADE
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