Halloween parties banned in Peru, but organizers move on

The Peruvian authorities banned the Halloween and Creole Song Day parties, which is also celebrated on October 31, to avoid contagion by covid-19, but some organizers intend to go ahead with their plans.

Given the numerous announcements of parties in public places to celebrate Halloween or the day of the Creole song in Lima and other cities of the country, the Ministry of the Interior recalled on Monday that mass events are prohibited to prevent the spread of the pandemic and not had issued no authorization.

The director of Special Authorizations of the Ministry of the Interior (Mininter), Alex Constantino, explained on Tuesday that establishments that do not have permits and hold parties will be sanctioned.

The parties announced on social networks will be held over a long weekend, since Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2 will be public holidays in Peru with the aim of encouraging internal tourism.

Constantino added that the authorities want "avoid the same thing that happened last year, when 13 compatriots died in a nightclub. And we also want to avoid the increase in infections due to the advance of the delta variant of covid-19".

The official said that no establishment has requested authorization to hold parties for that date, but that the restaurants, bars and clubs that have municipal licenses will be able to function, respecting the capacity and the permitted operating hours.

He added that family reunions can also be held only between members of the house.

However, one of the organizers of a Halloween party that is promoted in the populous district of San Juan de Lurigancho, east of Lima, assured RPP Noticias that the event will not be canceled because they already have permission.

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"At the time of obtaining the permits we have taken it out as performing arts. Performing arts is allowed, within the legal, with all the protocols and that. Very additionally we are not new. Inside San Juan, we have always had parties and we have absolutely everything square"the organizer told a reporter who posed as an attendee at the party.

Currently, Peru is in one of the moments of lowest incidence of the pandemic, although some regions such as Ancash have warned an increase in cases, after having achieved the immunization of 15 million people, out of a total of 33 million inhabitants.

The Andean country has suffered more than 200,000 deaths from covid-19, and has exceeded two million infections since March 2020.

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