Some parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila have been temporarily closed after some priests and employees were infected by COVID-19. The temporary closure will also allow them to clean, sanitize and disinfect the surrounding of the parishes.
On December 31, 2021, Fr. Lino E. Nicasio, SVD, Parish Priest and Rector of the National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus has announced through its Facebook page the temporary closure of the shrine from December 31, 2021, to January 14, 2022, because one of its priests and three personnel were infected by COVID-19.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati through its social media account has also posted the temporary closure of the shrine from January 4 to 17, 2022.
“The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be closed starting tomorrow, January 4, 2022 until January 17, 2022 because one of our priests tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” said Fr. Roderick Castro, Rector of the shrine.
“During the closure, thorough disinfection and intensive sanitation will be done. Churchgoers are requested to refrain from coming to the shrine,” he added.
Fr. Dave Concepcion, Parish Priest of Santa Maria Goretti Parish in Paco, Manila also announced the physical closure of the parish from January 3 – 15, 2022, as two of its parish staff tested positive for coronavirus.
St. Anthony of Padua in Singalong, Manila will be closed from January 4 and will resume until further notice while San Roque de Sampaloc Parish will be closed from January 4-7, 2022.
Although closures of parishes were made because of COVID, the priests have assured the faithful that all Masses will continue to be live-streamed on the Facebook and YouTube Channel page of the parishes.
On Sunday, January 3, the government announced that Metro Manila will be placed from alert level 2 to a stricter alert level 3 after the number of COVID-19 cases increased after the holiday break with the new omicron variant. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo of NSOLG by CV Balido/SOCOM/NSOLG)