The Diocese of Tarlac resumed the public celebrations of the Holy Mass on July 1 after Philippine authorities eased quarantine protocols in the province this week.
“Due to the pronouncement of the civil authorities that the province of Tarlac is now under the status of modified general community quarantine, parishes and chapels in the Diocese of Tarlac may resume public worship or Masses with congregation beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020,” read a circular from Bishop Enrique Macaraeg of Tarlac.
The prelate, however, reminded priests to follow the directive of civil authorities who only allow 50 percent of the seating capacity of churches or chapels.
Bishop Macaraeg said all persons attending the Masses should also be reminded to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize hands when entering the church.
He encouraged children and the elderly and those who are vulnerable to the disease to stay at home.
“The general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect in the Diocese of Tarlac until further notice,” said the bishop.
He added that parishes will also continue to livestream the Masses for the faithful.
Dioceses suspended the public celebration of Masses last March due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.