Mayor Isko signs EO increasing capacity in churches, mosques to 30 percent; curfew hours shortened

Published October 19, 2020, 11:12 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The city of Manila will further ease its quarantine restrictions, including shortening its curfew hours and allowing more people inside churches, according to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

(Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Starting Wednesday (October 21) until November 30, 2020, Domagoso said curfew in Manila will start from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m., from the current 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

It will be further shortened by an hour — 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. — after December 1, the mayor added.

“With the help of the vice mayor and the city council… we are going to adjust our curfew hours and hopefully it will pass today in the city council,” Domagoso told reporters on Monday, October 19.  

However, the local chief executive said the 8 p.m. curfew for minors will remain.

“Let me remind that there is still also an existing ordinance that never na-amyendahan, ‘yung ating curfew na 8 [pm] sa minors (that was never amended, our 8 p.m. curfew for minors). Still effective, it’s still being implemented, and parents are going to be held liable if they’re irresponsible allowing their minors to be outside of their home come 8 p.m. every day. So tuloy pa rin sila (It is still in effect),” he said.

Also on Monday, Domagoso signed Executive Order No. 41 allowing more devotees in churches, mosques and chapels at 30 percent capacity from the current 10 percent. 

The easing of church regulations is “to promote not only the social and economic well-being of its constituents but also, more importantly, their spiritual well-being,” the order read.

“But with the premise that the leaders of the church will continue to practice simple protocols under the IATF rules, and one of those is people should wear masks, given a chance wear face shield, practice physical distancing,” he said.

Domagoso said, he agreed to ease the city’s restriction on the number of churchgoers because of a pending request and when they “looked at our data, it seemed like we could grant the request.”

“Diniscuss ‘yan thoroughly last night and nag-agree naman yung Metro Manila mayors (We discussed it thoroughly last night and Metro Manila mayors agreed)… so it’s going to be an amendment again under GCQ,” he added.