Quebec temporarily bans fiestas and religious gatherings

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MANILA – Activities traditionally performed during holidays and other religious festivities are temporarily banned in Quezon City amid growing cases of 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections.

In the memorandum n ° 02-22 published Friday, the town hall detailed the prohibited activities as well as the exceptions and the directives to be followed.

Dahil inaasahan natin was sent to all, Chinese New Year to iba pang pagdiriwang sa mga susunod na buwan, minbuti na nating kumilos agad upang maiwasan na ang mass gatherings na posibleng pag-ugatan ng pagkalat ng (Because we are already anticipating holidays and other gatherings such as the Chinese New Year next month, we have decided to act now to prevent mass gatherings that could cause a new spike in) Covid-19, ”a Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

Among the prohibited activities are processions, parades, Santacruzan as well as public celebrations involving mass gatherings like fairs, perya (fair), variety shows, fireworks, Ati-Atihan, and other public performances.

Public games; competitions such as contests, singing or group contests; bingo; traditional party games and tournaments, or group contact sports such as basketball are also prohibited.

Public buffets, doodle fights, etc. drinking in public, including drinking outdoors or on sidewalks, etc. and group videos or other festive gatherings that violate social distancing are also not allowed.

Alcohol consumption is authorized at home, inside restaurants or establishments subject to health protocols.

The city government also bans noise pollution or nuisance from excessive celebrations and major celebrations involving various households.

Belmonte said modest celebrations done at home and only among immediate households are allowed, as well as masses and religious solemnities like home or facility blessings on condition that security commissioners are deployed to ensure compliance with minimum health protocols.

Celebrations organized for an online audience are also permitted.

“The conduct of dragon dance or lion dance activities to observe and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year will be permitted provided they take place in a single designated area, away from the general public,” the said. memorandum.

Religious institutions were also reminded to ensure other health protocols such as vaccination requirements, venue capacity, conduct of vendors, separate entry and exit points, frequent disinfection, and restrictions on movement of participants who should all be fully immunized.

Belmonte has called on the Quezon City Police District, the City Law and Order Group, village officials and other regulatory agencies to strictly enforce the latest guidelines that will remain in effect during the effective period of alert level 3 and above in the city. (ANP)

Sara H. Byrd