THE government has eased restrictions on the public celebration of religious activities in areas under “modified general community quarantine” or MGCQ.
Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra said churches in these areas can hold services at 50 percent capacity.
The rule was adopted on June 3 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in an amended omnibus guidelines.
“Religious services in MGCQ areas are allowed up to a maximum of 50 percent of the total seating capacity or venue,” said Gueverra.
He said, however, that the decision is “subject to the government’s minimum health standards and any additional protocols imposed by your respective congregations.”
Guevarra made the statement in a message to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on June 3 through Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig.
Bishop Vergara represented the bishops’ conference during meetings between authorities and religious leaders.
The 10-people limit on attendance on religious gatherings in GCQ areas like Metro Manila will still be implemented.
Other regions under GCQ include Pangasinan, Davao City, Zamboanga City and several cities and provinces in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Central Visayas.