Religious Gatherings Now Allowed Under GCQ, Says Palace

So far only two types of "gatherings" have been allowed.

( Today is the last day of the enhanced community quarantine for certain areas nationwide—the strict measures were extended to April 15 for Metro Manila and other high-risk areas—which means that most people are already prepping for what things might be like post-pandemic. And it looks like that will also include going back to church; albeit with some restrictions. Religious gatherings are now allowed under the general community quarantine, announced Harry Roque,  presidential spokesperson, on April 30, provided folks are able to keep a two-meter distance between them.

"'Yong mga essential work gatherings and religious activities, pupuwede na pong magpatuloy provided na may social distancing na at least two meters," Roque was quoted as saying in a GMA News report. The spokesperson clarified that all other types of mass gatherings are still not allowed under either the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or general community quarantine (GCQ).

Folks who attend these gatherings must wear the proper protective gear such as face masks or shields, added Roque. He also clarified that the physical distance to be maintained under a GCQ during commuting is one meter, but for work and religious gatherings, the distance is at two meters. That's around 6.5 feet—or a bit taller than Kiefer Ravena—which means you'll probably have the entire church pew to yourself. 


Earlier, the palace came out with a list of sectors and businesses that could open up shop depending on the level of quarantine measures. Mass gatherings of any kind—whether sports, entertainment, business, or political—are not allowed under either type of quarantine.

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