The Department of Health on Wednesday reminded the public to observe health protocols for the upcoming Chinese New Year to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country recovers from a holiday surge driven by the omicron variant.
Chinese New Year festivities will be limited for the second year in a row to accommodate minimum public health standards.
Here are the DOH's recommendations for a safe Chinese New Year celebration:
- Eating tikoy at home
- Online reunion via video call
- Giving electronic angpao or money envelopes
- Having food delivered to relatives
- Watching fireworks from home
- Watching Chinese dramas or movies at home
The following are considered high-risk activities:
- Physically going to Chinatown
- Partaking in in-person gatherings with friends and family
- Watching lion dances in crowded locations
- Visiting elders
Buying fruits and other food before Chinese New Year and visiting temples even during low-traffic hours pose a risk for infection, the DOH said.