CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella issued Executive Order 104 on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, banning street caroling to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the holidays.
Labella tasked personnel from the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) team and the Cebu City Police Office to implement the ban.
Labella called for understanding, especially since the Covid-19 remains present in the city.
“In order to ensure that the City’s programs and measures to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 are maintained, the City of Cebu sees the need to impose a ban on street caroling within Cebu City within the period of community quarantine,” said Labella.
“We’re hoping our people will understand. We need to ban caroling in houses, in vehicles and on the streets,” Labella said.
Aside from the EO, the Cebu City government has an existing ordinance that prohibits street caroling unless the group secures a permit from the Mayor’s Office.
According to Cebu City Ordinance 1931, street carolers are allowed to hold caroling on the streets only from Dec. 16 to the first week of January.
Earlier, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said he will recommend to the IATF that the public do their Christmas caroling online.
“It’s not prohibited yet because the IATF has not issued a resolution, but that is our recommendation. That is also the recommendation of the mayors in NCR (National Capital Region),” Año said in Tagalog.
Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar expressed support for the suggestion to prohibit caroling to prevent transmission of the Covid-19.
He also urged parents to explain to their children why there is a need to skip the traditional caroling at least for this year. (PAC / JKV)