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IATF allows religious gatherings in GCQ areas to accommodate 10 percent of its seating capacity

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Friday, July 3, that Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IATF) decided to further ease the limitations in conducting religious activities in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Roque said that religious activities, including masses, in areas under GCQ, including Metro Manila, can have a maximum number of participants equivalent to 10 percent of the venue capacity starting July 10.

Magkakaroon muna tayo ng dry run ‘no na 10 percent itong mga darating na linggo ‘no. Pero iyong 10 percent na allowed na ang lahat ay magsisimula iyan ng July 10,” the Palace spokesperson said during the Laging Handa press briefing.

Meanwhile, areas under modified general community quarantine can still hold religious activities but only with 50 percent of its seating capacity.

While the IATF decided to ease the limitations in religious gatherings, Roque reminded the public to observe social distancing, wear face masks, and practice minimum public health standards to avoid contacting the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in public areas.

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