QC Mayor Belmonte prohibits processions, parades, other festivals amid COVID-19 threat


Published January 7, 2022 3:11pm

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Friday prohibited processions, parades, and other festivals to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Belmonte issued the order in anticipation of fiestas and other religious festivals that will be celebrated by various barangays in the coming months.

“Dahil inaasahan na natin ang mga pagtitipon sa mga piyesta, Chinese New Year, at iba pang pagdiriwang sa mga susunod na buwan, minabuti na nating kumilos agad upang maiwasan na ang mass gatherings na posibleng pag-ugatan ng pagkalat ng COVID-19,” Belmonte said in a statement.

(As we anticipate gatherings at festivals, Chinese New Year, and other celebrations in the coming months, we have decided to act immediately to prevent mass gatherings that could possibly be the cause of the spread of COVID-19.)

The QC mayor issued Memorandum No. 02-22, which prohibited activities such as processions, parades, Santacruzan, barangay fiestas, religious festivals, and the Chinese New Year or other community celebrations.

Belmonte also banned public celebrations involving mass gatherings such as fairs, native carnivals or “peryahan,” variety shows, fireworks displays, “ati-atihan” or other public performances.

Public games and contests, such as pageants, singing or band contests, bingo, pabitin, paluan ng palayok, agawan, or tug of war, tournaments, group contact sports such as basketball, public buffets and boodle fights are also not allowed.

She also prohibited public drinking, including drinking outdoors or on sidewalks, group videoke or other celebratory gatherings that violate social distancing, noise pollution or other noise nuisances due to excessive merrymaking through large parties or traditional “open door” fiesta celebrations.

Meanwhile, Belmonte allowed several activities for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to social distancing and other applicable health protocols.

Among these activities were modest celebrations conducted within the home and among the immediate household, Masses and other religious solemnities, religious or traditional rituals for purposes of blessing buildings or establishments, and celebrations conducted primarily for an online audience, with very limited physical attendance.

The QC mayor also allowed Dragon Dance or Lion Dance activities in celebration of the forthcoming Chinese New Year, provided they will be held in one designated area only and cordoned off from the general public.

However, participants must be fully vaccinated against the viral disease.

The Philippines on Thursday recorded 17,220 new COVID-19 cases bringing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 2,888,917.

The top regions with most cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 11,563 or 68%, followed by Region 4-A with 3,165 or 19% and Region 3 with 1,126 or 7%. — RSJ, GMA News

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