City of Manila cancels all Chinese New Year activities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) — Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Friday announced that all activities for the celebration of the Chinese New Year are canceled.

In a statement, Moreno said there is a need to cancel all activities to avoid new COVID-19 outbreaks, and to not put to waste the efforts of the local government in containing the spread of the coronavirus.

Under Executive Order No. 4, series of 2021, no street party, stage show, parade, or similar activities will be held from Feb. 11 to 12.

Dragon dances are prohibited as well since these can draw huge crowds. Use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are also not allowed during the same period to ensure safety of the public.

Moreno said City Ordinance No. 5555 that prohibits serving or drinking of any alcoholic beverage within the city shall be strictly followed. Selling of any kind of alcoholic beverage within the Binondo Chinatown area is banned within the said dates, he added.

All local officials were directed to ensure the proper implementation of the order.