Children with parents will be allowed to the malls as part of the GCQ, Año said.

Children with parents will be allowed to the malls as part of the GCQ, Año said.

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MANILA - All minors in the Society's quarantine areas will be able to go out and shop at shopping malls for the upcoming holidays while their parents accompany them, Interior Minister Eduardo Año said Monday. 

"To sa Kapaskuhan, doon po sa pwede ng the gradual expansion of the mga age group from a pair of macalabas, ang mga minors, just accompany a magulanga, and papayagang macalabas in a macapult mall," Año said at an open briefing broadcast Monday night.

(For the Christmas vacations, due to the gradual expansion of the age groups for departure, all minors, while accompanied by their parents, will be able to go shopping at the malls.)

"It is ai pagtibayin sa mga ordinances by mga mayors of NCR (national metropolitan area), sa sa sa meadows by mga GCQ," he added.

(This will be determined by the orders of the NCR mayors, the districts included in the GCQ).


Año , for his part, stressed the importance of continuing to implement COVID-19 safety protocols, such as physical distance and avoidance of major congestion during a pandemic.

"Hindi papayagan ang Christmas party, Hindi din papayagan ang Christmas carol, bala pong mass gathering," he said.

(We do not allow Christmas parties, nor do we allow carols. No mass gatherings.)

) Traditional family gatherings are considered large gatherings, Año said.

The Catulade of ng sinabi ni (Health) Sec Duque, close relatives in lang ang mag-celebrate ng Christmas together," he said.

(As the Duque Health Section said, just celebrate Christmas together with your family.)

Previously, an infectious disease expert strongly recommended that Filipinos celebrate Christmas this year virtually and avoid large crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Edsel Salvana, a member of the Department of Health's Technical Advisory Group, expressed concern that close contact with family, friends and relatives could increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

"We strongly recommend that people do not mix households as much as possible. Just do a virtual Christmas, if you can. Conti is in the language. The vaccines are coming," Salvana told the CNA.

As the anniversary season approaches, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines exceeded 430,000 by early Monday, after an additional 1,773 cases were reported.

As of the reporting date, the total number of cases in the country is 431,630. Of these, 24,580 are active cases. 

The number of HFC-related deaths increased to 8,392 in 19 and the total number of recoveries increased to 398,658 in 44.


Youngsters rest on a breakwater near the beach at the Beiseco complex in Tondo, Manila, on November 9, 2020. The COWID-19 pandemic has limited children's time to play and socialize because of physical distance restrictions, but some are slow to get out.

photo by : Jonathan Selona, ABS-CBN News/ Archives