Gov’t tightens measures on religious, mass gatherings
MANILA, Philippines — Following the surge in coronavirus cases, the Philippine government has tightened measures on religious and mass gatherings in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) until April 4, Malacañang said Friday.
Amid rising COVID-19 cases, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said religious gatherings in GCQ areas should be limited to 30 percent venue capacity. Previously, up to 50 percent capacity was allowed for religious gatherings.
Roque said meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibition events must also be limited to “essential” gatherings at 30 percent of venue capacity.
Local government units, however, may decide to increase the venue capacity up to 50 percent in their respective jurisdictions.
“Binibigyang discretion din ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na taasan ang venue capacity na hindi lalagpas ng 50 percent base sa mga kondisyon sa kanilang lugar,” Roque noted.
(Local governments are given discretion to increase the venue capacity not exceeding 50 percent based on the conditions in their areas.)
“Hinihikayat ang mga ahensya ng pambansang pamahalaan na ipagpaliban muna ang mga non-critical activities kung saan magkakaroon ng mga pagpupulong pulong o mass gatherings,” he added.
(We are enjoining the national government to set aside non-critical activities where there will be mass gatherings.)
The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.