Metro Manila mayors will allow "tiangge" or Christmas bazaars and pop-up stores to operate in the National Capital Region (NCR) this coming holiday season provided that the vendors are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday, Nov. 11, that it has issued Resolution No. 21-27 which states that all traders, salespersons, exhibitors, and other personnel of tiangges must complete their vaccination before they are allowed to sell their products and services.
The resolution was agreed upon and signed by all 17 mayors in Metro Manila.
The resolution came as local chief executives sought to prevent a potential surge of cases with the expected influx of people for the holiday shopping spree.
"These bazaars, tiangges, and pop-up stores are seasonal in nature and their traders, salespersons, exhibitors, organizers, and other personnel come from different parts of the country thereby making contact tracing highly difficult on the part of the concerned local government units in the event of COVID-19 exposure or infection," the resolution read.