A pall of gloom has fallen over Manila’s Binondo district, otherwise known as Chinatown, with City Hall ordering the scrubbing of all Chinese New Year festivities over coronavirus concerns.
Mayor Isko Moreno said he was forced into doing this to preserve the newfound gains of City Hall in curbing the spread of the deadly virus.
“The activities during the New Year celebration, if not cancelled, can surely be an easy medium of Covid19 spread and transmission thereby endangering the health, safety and well-being not only of residents but also their visitors who will join them,” he said.
In an executive order, Moreno is banning street parties. Stage shows, parades, street games and dragon dances from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12.
While admittedly disappointed with the strictures, leaders of the local Chinese community said they will willingly abide by the order of the mayor as it is for the general good.
“For sure, businesses will be missing out a lot in terms of sales of food, drinks, entertainment and other niceties associated with the Chinese New Year celebration,” they said.
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