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Religious, work-related mass gatherings still banned under GCQ -Palace

Mass gatherings, including religious and work-related, will still not be allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Friday.

Roque made the announcement during the regular Laging Handa public briefing, a day after he announced that religious and work-related mass gatherings are allowed under GCQ.

Roque said the decision was made by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases after some local officials from areas under GCQ voiced their opposition to the lifting of the ban on religious and work-related mass gatherings.

“Ipinagbabawal po muli ang mass gatherings even for religious activities or  yung mga work-related gatherings, balik po tayo doon sa rule,” he said.

Under the scrapped guidelines, essential work gatherings and religious activities may continue in GCQ areas provided that there is strict maintenance of at least two-meter distance between and among those attending.

The mandatory wearing of face mask, face shield, or other facial protective equipment by attendees must also be maintained during the entirety of the event.

Apart from mass gatherings, these sectors and activities remain prohibited in areas under general community quarantine.

  • schools,
  • leisure,
  • amusement,
  • gaming,
  • fitness,
  • kids industry, and
  • tourism

The GCQ will follow the enhanced community quarantine, implemented as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. --KBK, GMA News