Friday, 23 October 2020 15:42

Quiapo Church reminds devotees to follow health protocols amidst easing of restrictions

Quiapo Church expressed their gratitude to the city government of Manila for allowing the increase of the number of attendees during a public celebration of the holy mass on October 21, 2020.

Photo Credit - Quiapo Church

According to Veritas News, Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church, acknowledged that the health protocols being implemented are actually very beneficially primarily for the faithful. He also mentioned that this is also a way for them to practice the new normal in the celebration of the Holy Masses, especially with the upcoming Simbang Gabi.

“Maganda rin ngayon kasi, at least nasasanay na ang mga tao, madidisiplina ang tao sa pagpasok at paglabas ng simbahan. Inihahanda tayo para sa pagdating ng Simbang gabi medyo aware na sila at kung papano kumilos at paano ang galaw natin sa misa,” said Fr. Badong during an interview with Radio Veritas

Fr. Badong expects that church-goers must always follow the health protocols despite the easing of restrictions in Manila to prevent the transmission of the virus.

With the lowering of the level of the community quarantine being implemented, the people must become disciplined and accustomed to the safety health measures, such as wearing of face mask and face shield as well as observing physical distancing.

Last October 19, 2020, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced that Churches in the city of Manila are now allowed at 30 percent seating capacity.

This was after Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s executive order authorizing the increase of the percentage of seating capacity in religious gatherings. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC) 


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