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IATF says no to religious gatherings

Alvin Murcia

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Places of worship are still covered by restrictions on mass gathering. (Photo: Diocese of Malolos)

Current guidelines on mass gathering, particularly religious ones, remain due to the danger of spreading the coronavirus disease.

A consultative meeting among the religious sector, representatives of local government units and Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday threshed out concerns, particularly on health and safety, under general community quarantine (GCQ).

The prevailing sentiment was to keep existing guidelines that limit mass gatherings, including religious worship, to not more than 10 persons.

Guevarra said the Department of Health will submit new data on 10 June, which will be the basis for possible reclassification of community quarantine regimes by 15 June.

“As to the modified GCQ areas, religious gatherings have been allowed to the extent of 50 percent of the church or worship venue capacity starting 1 June,” Guevarra said.

If COVID-19 cases decrease in GCQ areas, like Metro Manila, there might be adjustments in mass gatherings.

“If the reduction in Covid cases will be significant by then, I believe the Inter Agency Task Force will be amenable to the participation of more people in religious gatherings,” said Guevarra.

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