NCR MAYORS ISSUES A BAN PREVENTING MINORS TO ATTEND MISA DE GALLO-MMDA
An official said Thursday, as the threat of COVID-19 lingers, minors in Metro Manila are banned from joining the traditional pre-dawn Christmas Masses or Simbang Gabi despite eased lockdown restrictions.
Based on the recommendation of doctors, said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said, the 17 mayors of the region earlier unanimously voted to disallow the underaged from going outside their homes for non-essential purposes, including going to malls.
In a public briefing, he said,
“Definitely po bawal din sa Simbang Gabi [ang mga menor de edad],”
Authorities approved the shortened curfew hours in Metro Manila to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. to give way to Simbang Gabi.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said,
Metro Manila’s 12 million people, along with 7 other areas, will remain under general community quarantine until the end of the year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said, looser restrictions will result in higher contact among people, which could spur further COVID-19 spread.
In a televised public briefing, He said,
“Kung dumami ang bilang ng kaso ay posibleng mapuno na naman, ma-overwhelm ang ating systems capacity. At ‘pag na-overwhelm iyan, malaking problema.”
Metro Manila, has been under GCQ since August, with stricter lockdowns enforced in earlier months as COVID-19 infections rose.
The Philippines has tallied some 432,000 coronavirus cases in an unabated first wave of infections that has prevented the economy from fully reopening.