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Pwede na magsimba? Task force to meet with religious leaders, LGUs on mass gatherings

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will meet this Monday (June 1) with the religious sector and the local government units (LGUs) concerning the holding of religious gatherings.

“The IATF will host a dialogue between the religious sector and representatives of the LGUs on Monday morning,” he said on Saturday (May 30).

“Then the IATF will make a final resolution on the same day,” said Guevarra who is a member of the IATF.

Guevarra said the religious sector has already presented during the previous dialogues with the IATF health protocols that they intend to implement once there is greater attendance in religious worships.

“However, some local govt officials have expressed concern that increasing the number of participants in religious gatherings may spark an upsurge in COVID-19 infections and derail their advancement to a more relaxed MGCQ regime,” he pointed out.

At the moment, he noted that only a maximum of 10 persons are allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and 50 percent capacity in areas under modified GCQ (MGCQ).

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