DOH Announces Street Caroling For Christmas Season 2021 Now Allowed
The Department of Health announced that street caroling will be allowed for the upcoming Christmas Season.
Last year, several local government units banned the traditional Christmas Caroling and other similar activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The LGUs banned the caroling to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 through singing.
The house-to-house caroling in the country has become a part of the Filipino culture and tradition throughout the decades. A lot of people feel the spirit of Christmas through carols.
Christmas, New Year parties, and other mass gatherings have been banned last year to ensure the safety of the Filipino people from the threat of the coronavirus disease.
On Wednesday (November 10, 2021), the Health Department announced that the tradition Christmas caroling in the Philippines will be allowed. However, quarantine guidelines and health protocols must be strictly observed.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that carolers should perform outdoors. She also urged the carolers are required to use face masks and face shields during the performance.
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“Sa pangangaroling po kailangan lang tandaan na outdoors dapat, nandyan ‘yung pagsoot ng face mask atsaka face shield, pero kailangan ding maintindihan ng ating kababayan na mas maraming respiratory particles ang mailalabas natin” Vergeire said.
Vergeire also told the public that individuals releases more respiratory droplets when singing, which increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Recently, the National Capital Region (NCR) has allowed minors to go outside after nearly two years of being forced to stay at home due to the threat of the health crisis.
As of Tuesday (November 9), the Department of Health has recorded a total 1, 409 new COVID-19 cases throughout the country, which is the lowest over the past nine months.
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