The Iloilo City Government recently released Executive Order No. 194, prescribing guidelines for Covid-19 mitigation and compliance to the public health standards during the holidays.
“Filipinos are known to have a rich culture evident through many activities and gatherings during the holiday season, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are made to avoid transmission. I released Executive Order No. 194, prescribing guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation and compliance to the public health standards during the holidays. Let us remember that the most important way to celebrate this season, is through prayers for peace, hope, and a better tomorrow,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas via social media post.
Here are some highlights in the EO:
- 2.1 Everyone is strongly encouraged to conduct Christmas/New Year gathering with attendees, limited to members of the family living in the same household. Work or non-family related Christmas parties/gatherings are highly discouraged. In the event that families not living in the same household wish to get together for Christmas/New Year, said gathering must be held outdoors, and with proper observance of physical distancing.
Meanwhile, virtual get-togethers are highly encouraged.
- 2.8 If possible, refrain from gift exchanges. However, if extremely necessary, place disinfectants and rubbing alcohol nearby and practice proper hand hygiene before and after opening presents.
- Section 4. Prohibition of face to face caroling. Traditional caroling or the act of going house to house to sing Christmas carols is prohibited. It is only allowed when this activity is done virtually or through online means, or by family members living in the same household and that the act is conducted within the confines of their homes.
The EO also elaborated regulations on the celebration of religious activities.
- Section 5. Conduct of religious activities. Conduct of the traditional religious activities such as Simbang Gabi, pre-dawn masses, Advent and Christmas masses, shall be allowed provided that religious gathering are only limited to the conduct of religious worship and/or service.
More information can be read via the EO below: