All activities for the celebration of Chinese New Year in the City of Manila has been cancelled, Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced on Friday, January 29.

Under Executive Order No. 4 series of 2021, Domagoso said no dragon dance, street party, stage show, parade or any other similar activity will be held for the celebration from February 11 to 12. Liquor sale has also been banned in the Binondo Chinatown area for the duration of the celebration. Domagoso said there is a “compelling need for the city to cancel any and all activities to celebrate Chinese New Year” to avoid a new outbreak of COVID-19.

Likewise, the Mayor said the cancellation was made “in order not to put in vain all initiatives the city had already undertaken the entire duration of this pandemic.”

“The activities during the (Chinese) New Year celebration, if not cancelled, can be surely an easy medium of COVID-19 spread and transmission, thereby endangering the health, well-being and safety not only of residents but also their visitors who will join them in the celebration,” Domagoso said.

“This cancellation is all the more compelling due to reports of (a new) COVID-19 variant entering the country,” the Mayor added.

The Mayor has also prohibited the use of firecracker and pyrotechnic devices during the celebration to ensure the safety of the public.

He also reminded the public to strictly comply with City Ordinance No. 5555 which prohibits serving or drinking of alcoholic beverages in public areas, particularly streets and sidewalks.

Selling of liquor and other alcoholic beverages within the Binondo Chinatown area have also been banned during the celebration. “All barangay officials of the city are hereby directed to take the necessary measures to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of this executive order,” Domagoso said.

“The police and barangay authorities are directed to ensure compliance with IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) Omnibus Guidelines on the strict wearing of full-face coverage face shields and face masks outside of residence and social distancing,” he added.