Kalibo, which is set to celebrate the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Festival 2021 in the third week of January, has set the guidelines for activities that will not be allowed during the event to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
According to the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force-Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (MIATF-MEID) and Municipal Task Force (MTF) for Covid-19, this year’s festival will no longer have the traditional “sadsad” or streetdancing on the streets of Kalibo.
A liquor ban is still implemented and smoking is prohibited, as cigarette butts can become a source of Covid-19 infection, according to the Kalibo MIATF.
Also, residents going outside their homes must wear a face mask and face shield.
“Pag-pamyesta or the usual going from house to house of Ati-atihan revelers, devotees and visitors, usually after hearing mass or engaging in streetdancing to get in touch with friends and relatives or to eat, is not allowed, too,” the Kalibo MIATF said in a statement.
“The Pilgrims’ Mass on January 17, a major religious activity held in front of the Kalibo Cathedral and attended by thousands of devotees yearly prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, will now only have limited attendees because gathering is restricted,” it added.
The MIATF also advised the devotees to just follow or attend the Mass through radio stations and cable television.Other activities set this year like the Search for Miss Kalibo Ati-atihan 2021, although to be held virtually, and the Ati-atihan Binaeaybay contest, will push through. SOVEREIGNPH