The National COVID-19 task force intends to pull the plug on Christmas parties and gatherings.
In a statement the National Task Force said while it has noted the great demands by sections of the public to celebrate Christmas the traditional way, it cannot drop its guards due to the new Omicron variant.
“Due to the current epidemiological situation, the emergency measures will remain in full effect in order to protect our population from the impending Omicron Variant,” the release from the Task Force said.
The Task Force made it clear that in keeping with the gazetted order, it is prohibited to promote or host entertainment events, to attend parties or discotheques.
But the same gazetted order allows the full reopening of bars and casinos, while maintaining a ban on activities at creeks and beaches.
The Guyana Government recently made a decision not to allow Government Ministries and agencies to host Christmas gatherings. Instead, workers are being provided with small hampers.
The Private Sector is also being encouraged to put a hold on all gatherings.
The Task Force is advising persons to celebrate Christmas within their households and limit their travels.
Religious observances, according to the Task Force are covered under the guidelines for places of worship in the emergency measures.
“The National Covid-19 task force would be taking a strong stance against unauthorized events, unregulated bars and street parties, breaches of the curfew and other infringements to the COVID measures. Conditional approvals may be given for specific activities on request,” the Task Force explained.