The local governments of Manila and Quezon City have banned Christmas caroling in the streets over the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raffy Tima’s reported on “24 Oras” that the two cities prohibited the Filipino Christmas tradition to prevent the virus’s further spread.
On Sunday, the Joint Task Force COVID Shield backed the proposal to ban Christmas caroling to prevent virus transmission among children.
“Caroling has always been part of the Filipino tradition, I believe each and every one of us has his or her funny and meaningful stories of caroling, especially when we were children,” JTF COVID Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said.
“But the situation is currently different. We are facing a serious threat [from COVID-19], and we in the JTF COVID Shield believe that it is in the health interest of everybody if we could just stay home and enjoy the Yuletide season with our family.”
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government and National Task Force on COVID-19 Vice Chairman Eduardo Año also supported to prohibit caroling.