The government eased restrictions in places of worship in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Religious services in these places of worship have been allowed up to 50% of the venue’s capacity, and are subject to the government’s minimum health standards. This new rule was announced last June 3, 2020 after the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) revised its guidelines.
On June 30, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the latest areas placed under the different levels of community quarantine.
The government previously disallowed religious gatherings during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), and allowed places of worship to accept only a maximum of 10 participants in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
In a statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines welcomed the government’s 50% capacity rule.
Sacred Heart Parish-Shrine in Quezon City
The Sacred Heart Parish-Shrine in Quezon City introduced protocols to ensure the safety of its parishioners once the city is placed under MGCQ. To find out how this church is readying for the resumption of religious gatherings, watch this report: http://shorturl.at/oCUXY
Kathy San Gabriel | Panahon TV Reporter