Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte imposed a ban on public gatherings during the upcoming feasts or festivals, whether religious or cultural in nature, in order to curb transmission of the coronavirus.
In a memorandum, Belmonte thumbed down processions, parades (among them, the Flores de Mayo’s Santacruzan), fairs, carnivals, fireworks displays and other public performances. The ban also applied to events such as pageants, singing contests and bingo, as well as contact sports such as basketball, and boodle fights.
Group videoke and similar gatherings that do not follow social distancing measures are also prohibited.
However, Masses and religious activities like house blessings may push through, provided they are subject to the minimum public health standards of face mask and shield-wearing.
The Chinese New Year’s dragon or lion dance may also continue as long as it is held in a designated area where the seated audience are socially distanced while wearing face masks and shields.
“Several Quezon City barangays traditionally celebrate fiestas and other festivals this month and in the coming months,” said Belmonte. “Unless regulated, these celebrations could lead to mass gatherings and encourage the spread of the virus. Let us sacrifice our customs during these celebrations for our own safety.”