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.