General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera has no plan to enforce a citywide lockdown.
The city government issued a statement Sunday, August 23, after a screenshot spread in social media chat groups and other messaging platforms about the supposed lockdown in the entire city following reports of coronavirus disease cases.
It said the fake news have created “undue panic for the residents of the city.”
“There was no decision to implement a citywide lockdown for tomorrow or for any immediate date,” the city government said following an emergency meeting of the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
“Please do not spread false information. If you receive this message please do not pass it on and tell the forwarding party to stop sending it to other possible recipients,” it said.
The local government, however, reminded the residents to stay at home and go out only if absolutely necessary, maintain social distancing, wear mask, and practice proper hygiene.