PNP stops boodle fights due to COVID-19 threat

February 20, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has ordered a temporary stop on police boodle fights and buffet in their gatherings in the wake of threats posed by the deadly Coronavirus/COVID-19, the Journal Group learned.

In a directive, the PNP chief instructed all 17 police regional offices and the different national support units to refrain from having boodle fights and buffet during their gatherings for the meantime amid the COVID-19 threat.

Police usually hold boodle fights where participants, both members of the force and their guests, eat food served on the long table with their bare hands in order to foster camaraderie and goodwill.

Reports said that many reported infections in leisure cruises and hotel business networking event abroad which were traced to one common thing: buffet food.

Experts said that during normal buffet, an infected person partaking of the food may unintentionally transmit the virus thru ‘invisible and visible droplets of saliva.’