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This is social distancing, according to a church in Eastern Samar


Social distancing — having at least a one-meter radius between you and others — is among the recommended measures to help fight the COVID-19 threat.

So the Borongan Cathedral in Eastern Samar thought to place yellow 'caution' tapes on their pews in an effort to put space between mass-goers.

In the photos taken and shared by Normal Camarillo, church attendees were limited to two — three at maximum — per pew during a mass on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Malacañang released a set of guidelines on how government agencies can implement social distancing and community quarantine in Metro Manila.

According to the guidelines, "mass gatherings such as movie screenings, concerts, sporting events and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work-related gatherings shall be prohibited."

However, essential work-related meetings and religious activities may continue with strict social distancing, "defined as the strict maintenance of a distance of at least one meter radius between and among those attending, is maintained during the entirety of the event."

The government has raised Code Red Sub-Level 2 alert over the COVID-19 threat. 

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rose to 111 on Saturday night.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Sunday said a further increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is expected as they expand their testing capacity. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News

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