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DOH issues guidelines for safe Holy Week observance

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday called on the public to make the observance of the Holy Week safe and peaceful by following a few pointers.

For devotees who will do the “penitensya” or acts of penance, the agency urged them to get the tetanus vaccine and ensure that any materials that will be used are thoroughly cleaned.

DOH also said that people should assess themselves first before trying any types of fasting.

Those who will visit churches or do the traditional Visita Iglesia were also reminded to bring their own water, umbrellas, and fans, and use sunblock if possible to avoid sunburn amid the warm season.

Pregnant women, elderly, and those who are sick were also advised by the DOH to remain at home and make sure that the people they interact with are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Those who will stay at home throughout the Holy Week, meanwhile, were encouraged to eat healthy food, exercise, and use the long weekend to rest and meditate.—AOL, GMA Integrated News