Church allowable capacity raised to 50 percent

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THE government has raised the allowable capacity of churches from 30 percent to 50 percent for areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

In a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the measure was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in its most recent meeting.

“Starting February 15, pinapayagan na po ang religious gatherings up to 50 percent of the seating or venue capacity,” Roque said

Aside from churches, Roque also hinted on an IATF decision to allow movie houses, parks and other leisure sites in GCQ areas to operate at 50 percent capacity, citing no recent increase in COVID-19 attack rate.

Easing on the government restriction is also meant to provide livelihood to the people amid the pandemic, he added.

Areas under GCQ whose restrictions have been eased include Metro Manila, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Batangas, Tacloban City, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Iligan City.  

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