Church Wants Greater Capacity For Religious Events Such As Simbang Gabi
CHURCH WANTS GREATER CAPACITY – Among the most sacred of Filipino traditions is attending the pre-dawn mass or Simbang Gabi.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, several religious activities were postponed to prevent the spread of the virus. But, as quarantine restrictions ease in major areas, church officials seek to have more devotees accommodated.
Currently, Churches such as the Quiapo Church are only allowed to accommodate 10% of their usual devotees. As such, Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Quiapo Church, said they would request to change the number of church-goers to 30%.
Badong explained that increasing the capacity would mean more devotees would be drawn in to hear the mass. Meanwhile, Manila apostolic administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo stated that they are in talks with the COVID-19 Task Force to increase church capacity for Simbang Gabi.
But, those who want to go to Simbang Gabi face another issue – curfews. As of now, the usual curfews in GCQ and MGCQ areas are on 10 PM. Because of this, Pabillo said the Church is still waiting for developments regarding the curfews so Simbang Gabi won’t be affected.
According to an article from Philstar, Pabillo stated:
We are asking that they adjust the end of the curfew to 3:30 a.m. during those days of Simbang Gabi and no curfew on Dec. 24 evening,
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