Religious services and gatherings in Baguio City will be suspended on Aug. 2 and 9 amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said.

“There is a need to reimpose our previous Sunday Lockdown policy for two Sundays,” Magalong said in a statement Wednesday.

“The increase in positive Covid-19 cases necessitates stricter implementation of sanitation and crowd management protocols. Enclosed spaces in particular posts serious risks,” Magalong said.

Magalong urged the religious sector to support the move to protect the people and mitigate the spread of the virus, as well as to participate in Sunday disinfecting practices by decontaminating remote services areas.

The Baguio City Public Market will also be closed for disinfection and contamination, the city government said.

The city government also said it would still allow frontliners, senior citizens and persons with disabilities to go out but only for personal needs and to buy necessities, to minimize crowds and limit movement. Isabel S. Macaraeg