How to Keep Safe From Omicron During the Chinese New Year

Here are guidelines from the DOH.
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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.

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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
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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.

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