Local government units were asked Thursday to prohibit karaoke sessions this Christmas season to prevent a likely spike in COVID-19 infections.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año urged LGUs to include a karaoke ban in their local ordinances for Christmas, citing the Department of Health's warning on the COVID-19 risks posed by loud singing.
"Isama na rin natin dito yung kantahan katulad ng karaoke session kasi sabi ng DOH mas higit na nakakahawa kapag ikaw ay kumakanta kumpara sa kung ikaw ay nagsasalita," he said in an interview on TeleRadyo.
Año also appealed to the public to forego the popular party tradition this Christmas.
"Kapag ikaw ay nag-oorganize ng karaoke session ay talagang no-no yan," he said.
"Makikita mo sa mga barangay nag-aagawan pa ng mic...Ang labas talaga niyan outbreak," he said.
Street caroling was also prohibited in the country due to the COVID-19 risks posed by loud singing.