More churches in provinces are reopening after these areas have been declared under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
The dioceses of Balanga and Tagbilaran have announced that church activities such as the holding of Eucharistic celebrations are now allowed in the churches under them.
“Opening now our Church with its 50 percent of total capacity is a welcome relief, much-needed comfort to our people who are very much thirsting and hungry for Jesus,” said Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos in a pastoral directive on Thursday.
He, however, said the faithful must not be complacent amid the easing of quarantine rules.
“There is no rejoicing, no valedictory speech nor victory walk. Covid-19 is still there. And so, we should not let our guard down. We have still to be vigilant. We have to still take the necessary precautions and observe preventive measures,” he said.
He assured that safety precautions are in place in all churches to ensure the safety of the churchgoers.
“As we open our Church, let us not forget what they always told us ‘physical, social distancing and wearing face masks,” Santos added.
Meanwhile, Tagbilaran Bishop Alberto Uy said churches in the diocese are now allowed to hold weddings and baptisms at a limited capacity.
“With our MGCQ status, religious gatherings, weddings, baptisms are now allowed at 50 percent capacity of the venue,” he said in a statement.
He also reminded the faithful to continue to be cautious.
“Let us continue to observe safety protocols so as to protect one another. We are not yet victorious over Covid-19. Now is not the time to be complacent. Padayon sa Pag-amping ug sa Pag-ampo (Continue to be careful and to pray). God bless you all,” he said.
Earlier, the Diocese of Tarlac announced that churches under it have resumed public masses starting July 1.
The province is also now under MGCQ. (PNA)