Sorry, looks like your in-person Christmas parties won’t happen this year
Churches, meanwhile, will be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity in time for the holidays
Oct 20, 2020
Making plans for the holidays? Looks like all of your celebrations will be virtual for now, as Christmas parties are prohibited for areas under GCQ.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the government's ongoing efforts in addressing the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in the Philippines in a meeting with several Cabinet Members.The President also raises anew the concerns over the proliferation of illegal drugs wherein he stresses the importance of the integration of family values in keeping the youth from using these harmful substances. He urges the public to actively participate in holding government officials accountable for graft, corruption, misconduct and delays in the delivery of public service.Likewise, the Chief Executive highlights the recovery efforts in the rehabilitation of Least Affected Areas and Most Affected Areas in Marawi City. He reassures the people that the government stays committed in the reconstruction of public infrastructure and the City's full recovery.President Duterte encourages his fellow Filipinos to follow health guidelines in communities and workplaces as economic activities continue to slowly open-up in the country amidst the pandemic.#HealAsOne#2020DuterteVision#DuterteLegacy#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Monday, October 19, 2020
In a press briefing aired last night, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año announced that Metro Manila’s mayors have agreed to place the region under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of 2020—meaning mass gatherings will still be prohibited.
Año, however, noted that churches will be allowed to open at 30 percent capacity as the holiday season approaches. “Pati iyong pagsisimba nagkasundo rin sila na payagan ang 30 percent na makapagsimba dahil sa nalalapit na rin na Pasko pero bawal po ang Christmas party,” he stressed.
Additionally, he added that curfew hours and age range for people allowed to go out has been adjusted. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., curfew hours are now 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.. People aged 18 years old to 65 years old will now be allowed to go out for areas under GCQ.
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