The long-standing tradition of outdoor caroling is allowed, declared interior undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya.
“If caroling is done outdoors, then we do not see any violation in this because we are now under Alert Level 2,” he said in a radio interview. He added that no special mention was given by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) about the activity.
“Under the alert level system, if it is not prohibited or regulated, then it is allowed,” he said.
Last year, caroling was disallowed in a bid to prevent more cases of infection during the holidays.
Health undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said that due to Covid19 metrics used to evaluate the National Capital Region, they determined that it could be relaxed down to Alert Level 2.
In spite of this, Vergeire reminded the public to remain guarded amid eased restrictions.
“We appeal to the parents and guardians that if it is not favorable for their children to go to a place which, for instance is crowded, don’t let them go anymore. The virus is still around,” she added.