Spectators flock at Isabela ‘virtual lights on’

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The Municipality of Isabela was forced to shorten the virtual lights on ceremony at the town’s public plaza after spectators flocked at the venue to physically witness the event.

In a Facebook post, Vamos Isabela, the local government clarified that they did not invite the public to grace the lights on ceremony last December 12. The post was also accompanied with an artcard that states “Virtual Lights on Ceremony” to explain the event set-up.

A number of netizens has called out the attention of the town’s officials for allegedly hosting a physical event which violates the minimum health protocol being imposed by the Department of Health due to the global pandemic.

Screengrab from Vamos Isabela FB page.

Some netizens claims that the crowd who trooped at the plaza failed to wear face masks or observed social distancing.

A week ago, netizens were also quick to point out how the City of Himamaylan missed to observe health standards when they had the same event. But Himamaylan Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson, Jr was quick to clarify that the event was virtual. The city was also forced to cut short the event so they can dispersed the crowd.