COVID-19 task force eases ban on religious gatherings in MGCQ areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — More people are now allowed to join religious gatherings in areas under modified general community quarantine, Palace said on Thursday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved Resolution No. 43 on Wednesday, allowing 50 percent seating capacity in religious gatherings in MGCQ areas.

"Mabuting balita po sa mga gusto na talagang magpunta sa simbahan," he said in a briefing held in Davao City.

Meanwhile, only ten people are allowed in religious gatherings in areas under GCQ: Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zamboanga City, Davao City and several cities and provinces in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Central Visayas. Meanwhile, a more relaxed modified GCQ is in place in the rest of the country.

Roque added the IATF also revised the allowed movement of people in MGCQ areas. He said the COVID-19 task force agreed to prohibit those under 21 years old, over 60, pregnant women, and those with health risks to leave their homes unless they are going out to buy food, medicine, or going to work.