Rizal Park adorned with colorful Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations at Rizal Park in these photos taken by Cassy Ocenar and shared by the National Parks Development Committee on November 22, 2021. (Photos from Facebook / National Parks Development Committee)

More open spaces are now available for Filipinos in time for the holidays.

The National Parks Development Committee officially opened the Christmas season at the historic Rizal Park Monday by lighting up its Christmas decorations, as well as certain structures in the nation’s capital.

The NPDC lit the park’s Christmas tree, Belen and other decorations while the buildings of Manila City Hall, the national museum, Philippine post office and Intramural also got a holiday makeover.

More open spaces

Last October, clamor for more open space surfaced online after crowds of Filipinos crowded into the Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach, including minors.

The incident has alarmed some social media users who have requested that more outdoor space be available, especially since COVID-19 is less likely to be transmitted in open space.

“(People) go to the beach in the Dolomites say a lot – the metro needs open and green spaces”, a Filipino tweeted in response to previous reports.

RELATED: Crowds on Manila Dolomite Beach call for more public spaces

Experts said that outdoor activities, compared to indoor activities, reduced the risk of transmitting the virus by 94%.

This is because fresh air is constantly moving and dispersing the respiratory droplets produced when speaking, singing, shouting, coughing, sneezing or breathing.

“The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily person-to-person among people in close contact, within a radius of about 6 feet (2 meters). The virus is spread through respiratory droplets released into the air when you talk, cough, talk, breathe or sneeze, ”a US academic medical center said on its website.

“In certain situations, especially in confined spaces with poor ventilation, the COVID-19 virus can spread when a person is exposed to small droplets or aerosols that remain in the air for minutes to hours,” said the Mayo Clinic.

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