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Worried About Omicron? DOH Offers Tips On Celebrating Chinese New Year Safely
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  • The Department of Health 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.

    This story originally appeared on Reportr.World.

    Read here for more safety tips against COVID-19.

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