BONG GO TELLS FILIPINOS: Avoid mass gatherings during holiday season

Go urges public to continue complying with health protocols, avoid holding mass gatherings during holiday season as threat of COVID-19 remains

Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Christopher “Bong” Go urged the public to avoid holding mass gatherings and parties this coming holiday season as the country continues to fight the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview after personally leading the distribution of assistance to typhoon victims in Plaridel, Bulacan last Friday, Go said that while he understands the important role of family gatherings during Christmas, he emphasized that the safety and lives of loved ones should be the primordial concern as these gatherings could potentially spread COVID-19.

The Department of Health said that the Philippines has already more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19 with more than 8,000 deaths and more than 300,000 recoveries as of afternoon of November 26.

Earlier, Go has urged the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to provide the public with proper guidance on health and safety protocols that will be imposed, particularly in holding any form of gatherings as Christmas season approaches.

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that Metro Manila is still under General Community Quarantine, which allows some activities, including mall sales, in a bid to revive the Philippine economy, as agreed upon by the IATF. As for Christmas parties and other gatherings, Duque noted that the IATF will have to revisit its guidelines to avoid a spike in the number of COVID-19 affected individuals.

Go has emphasized that the government is slowly reopening the economy while still imposing necessary health and safety protocols to protect Filipinos amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. However, he reminded everyone that health and safety should be prioritized when government makes decisions.

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