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Manila City increases seat capacity in churches, mosque to 30%

Filipino devotees flock outside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene to catch the first Friday mass of the month, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines, October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Churches, mosques, and chapels in Manila City are now allowed to accommodate up to 30% of its total capacity as the country continuously eases restrictions on travel and business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed an executive order authorizing the increase of seating capacity at churches, mosques, and chapels from 10% to 30%. Under the executive order, only citizens aged 18 to 65 years old are allowed to attend religious gatherings.

Meanwhile, minors are restricted from attending the said gatherings.

“There is a need to promote not only the social and economic well-being our constituents but also their spiritual well-being,” Moreno said.

Minimum protocols such as wearing a face mask and face shield and physical distancing shall be observed.

As of Sunday, the country logged a total of 356,618 COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,379 new infections.

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