San Juan celebration scrapped in Malay due to Covid rising

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The local government unit (LGU) of Malay town in Aklan province has prohibited gatherings and celebration of the feast of St. John the Baptist (San Juan) due to Covid-19-related threats.

An advisory issued by the LGU on Sunday cited the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the municipality.

Traditionally, “San Juan” is celebrated through gatherings and swimming activities of families in beaches, resorts, or rivers. (

“During this time of pandemic, allowing the celebration of San Juan is considered dangerous as Covid-19 cases in the municipality are continuously rising. We are asking for your understanding as we cannot risk the further increase of Covid-19 cases,” the advisory said.

Malay Mayor Floribar Bautista said the prohibition of San Juan celebration is part of their stringent measures to reduce the spread of infections.

As of June 19, Malay had a total of 519 confirmed cases, with 82 active cases, 433 recoveries, and four deaths.