DAVAO CITY prohibits community events and parties

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DAVAO CITY — The city government of Davao prohibits the holding of community events and parties in all government and private offices, restaurants, business establishments, home associations, barkadahan, tropa, churches, and other similar gatherings during All Saints/Souls day and during the Christmas season.

On Wednesday the city announced that activities covered in the  prohibition includes the Halloween trick-or-treating, a traditional event of western countries adopted by some Filipinos on All Saints’ Day. 

According to the advisory released by the city government on its Facebook page, health officials and infectious disease experts noted that conducting office or community events increase the transmission and risk of contracting the coronavirus.

“Davao City, just like the rest of the world, continues to face the threat of the pandemic. Cases are still surging and it is feared that more and more deaths will happen if the unnecessary gathering of people is allowed,” the advisory said. 

The city government reiterated its appeal to stay home and avoid public places and areas where people converge to avoid exposure and transmission of Covid-19.

Dabawenyos are encouraged to celebrate Christmas with their families intimately, use online shopping for groceries, food delivery services, and other contactless services to avoid unnecessary exposure. 

Instead of spending money on a grand party celebration and risk of contracting the virus, Dabawenyos are invited to share grocery items for the ’noche buena’ to a family in need. 

“This year, celebrations will only be truly special and meaningful if you, your family, and everyone in our communities are healthy and safe.” 

Dabawenyos are also advised to think twice before leaving their homes to attend parties, dinners, and other events that are not necessary or urgent, and always consider their own families’ safety and other people in the community.

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