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Iwas COVID-19: Joy Belmonte bans parades, processions for fiestas

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued a memorandum banning processions and parades for religious festivals and Chinese New Year.

Memorandum No. 02-22 also bans other public celebrations involving mass gatherings, including fairs, perya, variety shows, fireworks displays, ati-atihan, or other public performances.

“Public games and contests, such as pageants, singing or band contests, bingo, pabitin, paluan ng palayok, agawan, or tug of war are also prohibited,” Belmonte said, adding that tournaments, group contact sports such as basketball, public buffets, and boodle fights are also not allowed.

Other prohibited activities include public drinking, including drinking outdoors or on sidewalks, group videoke, or other celebratory gatherings that violate social distancing, noise pollution, or other noise nuisances due to excessive merrymaking and commingling of multiple households through large parties or traditional “open door” fiesta celebrations.

However, Belmonte said the Dragon Dance or Lion Dance activities to observe and celebrate the forthcoming Chinese New Year is allowed, provided they will be held in one designated area only and cordoned off from the general public. Participants must likewise be fully vaccinated.