BY THIERRY LEPANI
The fever and usual Christmas activities around Port Moresby will not be the same as in previous years due to concern of another wave of COVID-19.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop announced yesterday that this holiday season will be quiet with no major activities planned except for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Mr Parkop said the decision to cut back on activities was taken after past experiences showed large gatherings contributed to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
“We would have liked to organize the program in the city as in the past with Christmas carols by the sea, sports programs in the communities, but the reality is that the peak of COVID-19 transmission occurs when it is there are massive public gatherings.
“I want to encourage everyone to celebrate at home. I am confident that the church’s programs will move forward.
“For the New Year, we don’t have any plans either – there will just be fireworks in different places in the city,” he said.
Mr Parkop said that although sporting events planned in the city are canceled, it was encouraged that those who intend to organize their own events to ensure that participants are vaccinated.
“I want to encourage everyone to enjoy with your families, to throw a little party, to keep it small and controlled.”
He noted that there has not yet been a decision on an alcohol ban for the city by the alcohol licensing committee, but from the remarks he made, it seems unlikely.
He added that the city has not implemented an alcohol ban in the past two years and believes people are sane enough not to “be treated like children.”
He urged everyone to drink in moderation.