Cebu City bans firecrackers for Chinese New Year

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CEBU CITY – Mayor Michael Rama on Monday reminded the Filipino-Chinese community here of the existing ban on the use of firecrackers, fireworks and pyrotechnics during the Chinese New Year celebration on Tuesday.

In his daily presser, Rama said gatherings during the celebration marking the start of the Year of the Water Tiger are also banned to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The ban on gatherings does not apply to family matters involving members of the same household, he said.

He said the bans are in line with his executive orders advising residents here to stay at home if they don’t have essential things to do outside of their residence.

As firecrackers have become part of the traditions of Filipino-Chinese residents here on every important occasion like their New Year, the mayor called on them “to understand our directive which may limit your traditional celebration.”

However, he cited the contribution of the Filipino-Chinese community to the economic growth of this capital.

“Kung Hei Fat Choi (Happy New Year)!” You have been a catalyst in our economy, a provider of jobs and opportunity for our citizens, inspiring them to also become resilient, forward-thinking entrepreneurs. Xie xie (Thank you),” Rama said.

He noted that the Chinese New Year is among the recognized special activities with socio-cultural, traditional, historical, educational and religious significance in the Philippines.

But the mayor said that under the current Alert Level 3 there is a need not to sacrifice public health and wellbeing, citing the spike in Covid-19 cases here.

The city registered 29 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active infections to 7,423, with 312 additional recoveries and two deaths. (NAP)

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