Simbang Gabi Allowed In Metro, Curfew Hours Adjusted
SIMBANG GABI ALLOWED IN METRO – Tradition is an empirical aspect of the Filipino culture, especially traditions such as “Simbang Gabi”.
However, amid the pandemic, the Christmas tradition that is “Simbang Gabi” had some minor adjustments. As Metro Manila lowered its quarantine restrictions amid the general community quarantine, Simbang Gabi was allowed.
With this, curfew hours in the Metro could possibly be shortened from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. from December 1. Metro Manila Council Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced the schedule during an interview with Teleradyo:
Opo, ‘yun po ay papayagan na po ‘yun, pero ang mangyayari lang po dyan, mas dadami po ang simba sa madaling araw para maiwasan po natin ang gathering sa pagdikit-dikit at magkaroon po ng physical distancing
Furthermore, he said that members of the council talked adjusting the schedules to accommodate church goers. Usually, curfew in the Metro begins at 10:00 p.m. Meanwhile, with the Simbang Gabi tradition, it would be adjusted to 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Still, because of health protocols, churches could not accommodate every devotee that would come during Simbang Gabi. Currently, Churches such as the Quiapo Church are only allowed to accommodate 10% of their usual devotees
Because of this, Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Quiapo Church, said they would request to change the number of church-goers to 30%. Although, there have been no updates as of yet regarding the allowed capacity of the churches.
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