Churches in Cebu Province will be opened to welcome devotees and the faithful who want to visit the Blessed Sacrament and pray, provided that all necessary public health protocols will be observed.
Only three persons per pew shall be allowed at a time to ensure strict social distancing will be observed. All persons must wear face masks, sanitizers and other disinfectants must be available, and routinary disinfection of the Church premises must be done as well.
However, touching of the religious icons and the Holy Water are prohibited. Celebrations of the Holy Mass also will remain online until June 1, 2020.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced this on Tuesday, May 19, following a meeting with Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Cebu Msgr. Renato Beltran, Jr. to discuss the Church's position on Cebu Province's shift to general community quarantine (GCQ).
“Ganina nag meeting ta with Chancellor sa Archdiocese of Cebu si Msg. Renato Beltran, Jr., and we have agreed nga ablihan ang simbahan dili para misa kay ang misa online lang gihapon kanang live streaming lang gihapon. Mahimo nga mubisita sa simbahan aron mangadye,” she said in her daily livestreaming on Facebook.
Beltran said they will be holding public Masses on June 1 as per CBCP guidelines, so the GCQ can be a fitting transition time for the Church to prepare for the new normal.
Department of Health (DOH) 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas said holding public Masses under GCQ are allowed but social distancing must be followed and a design for the flow of the entrance and exit must be established.
Beltran assured that the Churches will abide by the public health protocols on Covid-19.
On June, Churches will be holding public Masses from Wednesday to Sunday. Beltran said every after the Mass, the pews will be disinfected.
Garcia said funeral services are allowed but subject to restrictions. Wake services, however, will be prohibited because strict social distancing may not be properly observed. (Mylen Manto)