The City of Manila’s day-only drive-through vaccination caravan will now operate round-the-clock as the National Capital Region (NCR) races to beat the new spread of Covid-19.
Starting at midnight of 14 January, the operation at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park will also accommodate non-Manila residents.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has signed Executive Order 4 banning all activities related to the Sto. Niño fiesta celebration. Stage shows, religious processions, street parties, street games and other forms of public gatherings, as well as the selling of liquor and drinking in public places are prohibited.
Online and physical classes at all levels, both public and private schools, are also postponed from 14 to 21 January.
The Sto. Niño Church in Tondo and the Pandacan Sto. Niño parish have volunteered to close and suspend operation while there’s a spike in cases of Covid-19 in the NCR.
Authorities also raised the threat of the coronavirus Omicron variant as among the reasons for E.O. 4.
Early this month, the Quiapo Church also suspended activities related to the Feast of the Black Nazarene. The Traslacion, or the transfer of the image from the original location where it was first housed to the Quiapo Church, is among the annual religious activities that attract large crowds.