Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi encouraged members of the clergy to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in villages as the diocese resumes religious activities on June 1.
In a circular, the prelate said Masses can be done in covered courts or other places that can facilitate physical distancing at the same time accommodate more people.
“Just ensure that due coordination is made with the village council,” said Bishop Baylon, adding that Masses at homes and wakes are not yet allowed.
The Diocese of Legazpi, which has been placed under the more relaxed “modified general community quarantine,” is now allowed to accommodate up to 50 percent of the church capacity during Masses.
“But since the virus is still a threat to us, kindly reiterate to mass goers the importance of observing physical distancing and other hygienic protocols,” said the prelate in his circular.
Bishop Baylon said the number of those who can attend baptisms, weddings, and funerals can be increased but should not exceed half of the capacity of the church.
“Let us continue to entrust ourselves to Mary, Mother of the Church and Health of the Sick, who at the foot of the cross, was united with Jesus’ suffering and persevered in faith,” said the prelate.