Gov't further eases restrictions for religious gatherings in GCQ areas

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 11:40 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2020 12:08 PM

Youth volunteers put marks reminding people to observe physical distancing at San Agustin Church in Manila, May 14, 2020. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA (UPDATE) - The government's pandemic task force has approved further easing of coronavirus restrictions on religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang said Friday.

Religious gatherings with attendance of up to 10 percent of a venue's capacity will be allowed starting July 10 in areas under GCQ, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Magkakaroon po muna tayo ng dry run ng 10 percent nitong darating na mga linggo pero 'yung 10 percent na allowed na ang lahat magsisimula po 'yan ng July 10," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(We will have a dry run of the 10 percent in the coming days but it will be implemented by July 10.)

Previously, religious gatherings in GCQ areas were limited to 10 people.

The rule on religious gatherings for up to 50 percent of a venue's capacity in modified general community quarantine areas remains, Roque reiterated.

Areas that are under GCQ until July 15 are Metro Manila, the provinces of Benguet, Cavite, Rizal, Leyte and Southern Leyte, and the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Ormoc.