The Chinese New Year celebration has been “strongly discouraged” by the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) despite the easing of coronavirus restrictions in some areas of the country.
“We strongly advise against any form of Chinese New Year celebration,” DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya said in a press briefing on Monday.
Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, Batanes, Biliran, Southern Leyte and Basilan will revert to Alert Level 2 from Alert Level 3 effective today, February 1.
Malaya said the DILG was pleased that some local governments canceled Chinese New Year festivities earlier because the national Covid-19 positivity rate is “still high”.
He said that although traditional cockfighting is now permitted in areas under Alert Level 2, minimum health precautions must continue to be observed to help prevent a super spread event caused by the highly transmissible variant of ‘Omicron.
The DILG also plans to vaccinate more than 15 million children aged 5 to 11 years.
Local government health workers are constantly training the staff who will take care of pediatric vaccinations.
Malaya reminded parents of children due for vaccination that if their child has comorbidities, they must present medical clearance from the child’s doctor.
The Muntinlupa town government said in a statement on Monday that 9,653 of the town’s 68,000 children have pre-registered for vaccination.