Those who want to physically attend mass at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church in Manila will have to wait a bit.
Msgr. Hernando “Ding” Coronel, Quiapo Church rector, announced that the church will be temporarily closed until Jan. 26.
“The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene and all its offices will be temporarily closed today, Jan. 13 until Jan. 26, 2022, as part of our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, given the current surge in cases we are experiencing,” he said.
“In this regard, organizational work and other church-related activities that cater to the public is suspended,” added Coronel.
He said online masses and devotions will continue to be streamed live on their social media pages and accounts.
During the two-week closure, Coronel said, they will conduct a thorough disinfection and intensive sanitation of the church premises and offices.
More than 40 parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila are currently temporarily closed.
The Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Health Care said some parishes closed due to priests and church personnel testing positive for COVID-19.
Others closed as a preventive measure against the rapid spread of the Omicron variant; the clergy, personnel and support staff receive their booster shot; routine RT-PCR tests; and general disinfection and sanitation of the Church and its premises.