The public was once again allowed on Tuesday to take photos of Manila Bay, but only from a safe distance, after initially being prohibited from taking snaps of the beautification project that used crushed dolomite rocks.
Spectators can take snaps only from the sidewalk and not the white sand area, said the officer-in-charge of the Ermita police station, Lt. Col. Alex Daniel on Dobol B sa News TV. The original head of the police station was removed from his post last Sunday after weekend crowds failed to fully observe physical distancing rules.
Daniel said people were still prohibited from visiting "Manila Bay Sands" following Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno's orders to close off the area.
"Hindi naman po bawal dumaan doon kasi sidewalk naman po 'yun at may footbridge po dun. Free flow po yung passage natin doon. Dadaan lang po sila at kung magpapa-picture, sandali lang po," Daniel added.
(People can pass by because it's a sidewalk and there's a footbridge there. There's free flowing passage there. They can pass by and if they want to take a photo, only for a short while.)
The mayor earlier urged the public to put off their Manila Bay Sands visit as the threat of COVID-19 is still present.