The Diocese of Daet has extended the suspension of all religious mass gatherings even as the local government of Camarines Norte province eased strict quarantine protocols.
Starting May 1, the province will be placed on “general community quarantine” that will allow some industries, businesses, and transportation systems to operate.
On April 29, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of Daet issued guidelines to help priests in the diocese “respond to the spiritual needs” of the faithful amid the pandemic.
The prelate urged priests to continue the live-streaming of the celebration of Holy Masses without public attendance until the quarantine is totally lifted.
He also postponed all “fiestas” to a later date.
The bishop ordered members of the clergy to prioritize medical advice over the wishes of the family when visiting the sick.
Funeral and weddings can be scheduled “upon the discretion of the parish priest provided that there are only 50 or fewer persons in attendance and must be seated one meter apart.”
He also ordered the diocesan communication ministry to continue to disseminate information on the new coronavirus disease.