To avoid the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), mayors of Metro Manila will not allow carolling and office Christmas parties in both private and government offices this holiday season, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Monday.
In a radio interview, Olivarez, the head of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), said mayors of the metropolis discussed the ban on carolling and Christmas parties during their meeting on Sunday night. The MMC is the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
As that declaration was made by Olivarez, the Department of Health (DOH) and the medical community on Monday also appealed to the public to drop plans to visit family and friends ahead of the holidays, as Covid-19 has an incubation period of 14 days.
“Please do not invite other relatives who would come from other places because we can’t be sure if they are free from Covid-19. For [Filipinos overseas], there are various videoconferencing platforms [that they can use],” Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said at a news briefing.
Metro Manila mayors not allowing carolling and office Christmas parties follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s extending anew the implementation of general community quarantine (GCQ) in the metropolis up to the end of December.
Also, Duterte also extended the GCQ in Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan and Davao City also until the end of the year. The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ. SOVEREIGNPH