Thermal scanners, sanitizers: Catholic Church sent proposals on Mass services weeks ago

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Posted at May 20 2020 09:57 AM

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MANILA - The Catholic Church submitted its guidelines on the resumption of Holy Mass services 2 weeks ago, a Manila bishop said Wednesday after government called for proposals on the matter.

The Church gave the guidelines to the Department of Health and the country's COVID-19 response chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., according to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

"Sabi nila bukas pa sila magmi-meeting. Binigay na namin ang aming guidelines sa kanila at nakipag-usap na ang ibang pari sa kanila," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

"Two weeks ago pa namin binigay 'yung guidelines sa kanila, sa DOH, tapos sa iba-iba pang mga tao tapos sabi nila wala pa raw. Sana nagbigay sila sa amin kanino ibibigay."

Among the Church's proposed guidelines are the installation of thermal scanners and sanitizers, wearing of face masks, implementation of physical distancing, and more Mass services to avoid big crowds.

It is also open to giving out forms to mass-goers for contact tracing, Pabillo said.

"Puwede rin gawin sa Simbahan yan. Kukunin ang pangalan, contact number, kailan siya nagsimba. Walang problema yun," he said.

Pabillo earlier said government should have instead recommended 1 to 2 meters physical distancing regulation between individuals inside churches instead of limiting the number of participants.

The government earlier allowed religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine but reversed the policy the next day due to the clamor of local officials, Malacañang said.

The Philippines, with its 100 million people, is the bastion of Roman Catholicism in Asia, with 8 in 10 people subscribing to the faith.