Caloocan bans Chinese New Year celebrations during pandemic

Published February 6, 2021, 3:29 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Public gatherings and celebrations in the upcoming Chinese New Year are now banned in Caloocan City in a bid to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mayor Oca Malapitan on Saturday said he issued an executive order prohibiting “any form of non-essential mass gatherings such as street parties, stage shows, street games, including Dragon dances and other crowd-drawing activities for or in relation to the celebration of the 2021 Chinese New Year.”

Likewise, Malapitan said, gatherings or celebrations of more than 10 individuals, even though they are in private places, will not be allowed.

“All commercial establishments, malls, markets, restaurants, cafes, parks, commercial spaces are reminded to strictly enforce minimum health stands, social distancing measures and the maximum percent (50%) dine-in/seating operating capacity mandated,” the order also read, which “shall take effect immediately.”

The mayor said, the Caloocan Police, the city’s safety and traffic management offices, as well as all barangay officials are tasked to enforce the order.

They must also observe the implementation of the firecracker ban and regulations on the sale of alcoholic beverages.