DOH reiterates reminder on banning parties amid pandemic

The Department of Health reiterated its reminder to local government units and the public that the holding of parties is prohibited in this time of public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in Filipino:  “We are requesting our local government units and our public that gatherings like parties that can be super spreader events are prohibited.”

Vergiere’s reminder came as the local government officials issued a show cause order against a bar in Cebu City after videos of customers failing to observe physical distancing—with some not wearing masks—surfaced earlier this month.

In late May, Quezon City officials warned residents organizing social gatherings that they will face complaints under local ordinances. This was after an improvised pool party and drinking session at Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon became a superspreader event where the coronavirus was transmitted to 51 residents.

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