The Kabankalan City Hall in Negros Occidental was closed to people since Friday, Nov. 20. This is after 18 employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mayor Pedro Zayco said contact tracing was immediately conducted.

The mayor said the Department of Interior and Local Government advised him to temporarily close their City Hall. This is to avert the spread of the virus.

When offices resume, only 50 percent would be allowed to report back to work, while others would work from home.

He appealed to his constituents to observe all health protocols like proper wearing of face masks and face shields, practicing physical distancing, and staying indoors when there is nothing important to do outside.

As of Sunday, Kabankalan City has 429 COVID-19 patients, including 53 active cases, 369 recoveries, and seven deaths.

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