The Department of Health recently clarified that they were not enforcing, merely recommending, a ban on the torotot (horn noisemaker) that are traditionally used to ring in the New Year.
Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said that blowing on them may expel viral particles in the air and promote transmission.
She also urged local leaders to be strict about constituents following health standards in light of many Christmas attractions opening up, noting that that this will encourage people to gather and compromise protocols such as physical distancing and mask and shield-wearing.
Among these attractions are the Christmas lights at Ayala Ave., Makati; the Parola at University of the Philippines, Diliman; the dancing fountains at Bonifacio Shrine; the light show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay; and the giant Christmas tree display at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig.
Meanwhile, the interior department pushed for banning karaoke during the holidays as these have proven to be prime events for transmission.
“Isa sa napatunayan nang nagkakalat ng Covid19 ay ito pong pagvivideoke or karaoke,” said interior undersecretary Epimacio Densing. “So everybody is discouraged to (conduct) videoke and karaoke activities. We are asking our local government units, they can also issue executive orders, local ordinances or resolutions prohibiting videoke or karaoke this season.”
Health secretary Francisco Duque III announced that they will also craft a contingency plan for the likely “post-holiday season surge” in Covid cases.
The department has repeatedly urged the public against having Christmas parties and mass gatherings that could facilitate Covid19 transmission.
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