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Face masks are encouraged in churches, according to the Manila Archdiocese.

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The Archdiocese of Manila continues to strongly advise against wearing face masks inside churches.

The archdiocese instructed Monsignori and priests to urge churchgoers to wear their face masks while attending indoor Masses and other religious activities in Circular 2022-85 signed by Fr. Carmelo Arada Jr. on November 8.

The circular stated, “In compassionate regard for the elderly and the vulnerable, the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and the Ministry on Health Care of the Archdiocese of Manila request that we continue to encourage our parishioners to wear face masks in our churches during liturgical celebrations and other gatherings.

The pandemic challenges motivated us to look out for one another, and by doing so, we shall demonstrate that we are followers of the Lord.

The cities of Manila, Makati, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Pasay are all included in the Archdiocese of Manila.

The announcement came after the government loosened its regulations on face mask usage.

Executive Order (EO) 7 was issued by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on October 28 and permits the voluntary use of face masks in both indoor and outdoor settings.

However, the EO said that using public transit, medical transport vehicles, and healthcare institutions still requires the use of face masks.

Additionally, it urged those who are sick, old, have comorbid conditions, is immunocompromised, pregnant, or have not had a vaccination to continue using face masks.

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