DILG Secretary Eduardo Año Says Family Reunions Not Allowed During Christmas Season
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that any forms of mass gatherings including family reunions remain prohibited the Christmas season.
The DILG secretary reminded the public that mass gathering remains prohibited in the country as the Philippine government continue to implement precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease.
However, Año said that families could still held Christmas celebration limiting the number of attendees with maximum of 10. Minimum health standard and quarantine protocols must be observed.
“Katulad ng plano na hindi papayagan ang Christmas party, hindi rin papayagan ang Christmas caroling, walang mass gathering, ‘yung family reunion ay isang considered na mass gathering,” Año said.
Año considers family reunion as mass gathering, which is strictly prohibited amid the coronavirus pandemic. He explained that immediate family gathering is allowed to let them bond even for the holiday season.
“Yes, that’s right. Family reunions are mass gatherings of different families within a clan. Immediate family gathering is allowed,” Año added.
Previously, Metro Manila Council head Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced that Christmas parties and the traditional Christmas caroling are prohibited in Metro Manila.
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