Beaches and parks still remain closed

Van Libranda had most of Tumon Bay all to himself along with his wife and child.

Not everyone is happy that island beaches and parks still remain closed despite the declaration of Pandemic Condition of Readiness 2 on Sunday.

At Matapang Beach this morning, lifeguards were still on duty, even though the entrances to the beach were closed off.

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Barely a dozen people could be seen along Tumon Bay this morning, none of them tourists.

Van Libranda and his wife and child had most of Tumon Bay all to themselves.

When PNC asked if the beaches and the parks should be opened, Libranda answered: “Yeah, as long as it’s slowly regulated. That notion of going to the beach shouldn’t be so pressed upon the people. This is my family, my wife, and my kid. We actually try to look for a good beach and the best time to go is in the morning when there’s not many people. We tried Ypao and then we tried Gun Beach and we tried Fujita. We tried different kinds of beaches and make sure we’re playing it safe.”

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Residents can still go to the beach or to island parks for a stroll or exercise, but any gathering of more than 10 people is still prohibited.