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DOH Now Allows Christmas Caroling

It is advised that people carol in small groups.

They say Christmas is every child’s favorite holiday along with Halloween. That’s because every year, they get to receive new toys, books, and other gifts from family, godparents, and friends. But for Filipino children (and children at heart), Christmas is also a way to earn money–and they do this through caroling in their neighborhood!

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all gatherings and outside activities for the holidays were not allowed in 2020, including pangangaroling. People turned to virtual/online caroling just to continue tradition, even though it’s not the same as knocking on neighbors’ doors and singing Christmas carols with friends. (Read: Ber Months Are Here! 4 Christmas Traditions We Miss Pre-COVID Times)

But this year, the Department of Health (DOH) has finally allowed physical pangangaroling!

Subject to health protocols

Photo from Francis R Malasig/EPA

Of course, this goes without saying that people who will be doing this must adhere to health protocols set by the government. In an interview with DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, she said caroling will be allowed given that carollers will observe minimum health protocols.

“[Carollers must] remember that it has to be done only outdoors and face masks and face shields should be worn,” she said. “The public needs to understand that when we sing, respiratory particles are emitted. This means that the risk is high.” (Read: What is the story behind the Christmas parol?)

Vergeire added that while they now allow it, they still encourage people to be in small groups to avoid crowding. They also suggest doing it outside where there is enough space for social distancing, and proper ventilation.

In an issued statement by the DOH, they explained that since the National Capital Region (NCR) is now on Alert Level 2, there are no prohibitions for activities such as caroling, but local governments are encouraged to implement their own guidelines for it.

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