Senator Imee Marcos Suggests Online Noche Buena, Outdoor Simbang Gabi Amid Pandemic

Senator Imee Marcos suggested having an online Noche Buena and an outdoor Simbang Gabi amid the pandemic.

Senator Imee Marcos on Wednesday suggested having an online noche buena and outdoor Simbang Gabi amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, Senator Marcos suggested having relaxed curfew hours in December in order to avoid the coronavirus pandemic from dampening the festive season.

Senator Imee Marcos
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In a message, Senator Marcos suggested that the curfew should be relaxed even for a few nights so that even the good traditions of Simbang Gabi can be continued.

“Mas mabuti rin kung may lugar ang simbahan, sa labas na magmisa na maraming makapunta”, Senator Marcos said.

Aside from this, Senator Marcos suggested that the public should hold online gatherings and Noche Buena instead.

Senator Marcos then encouraged the public that they should share everything they have with the poor instead of having a luxurious party and exchanging gifts.

“Mamigay ng todo sa ating kapwa! ‘Yan ang tunay na diwa ng pasko sa pandemya”, Senator Marcos said.

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Her suggestion came after Metro Manila mayors had already agreed last week to implement shorter curfew hours at 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. as part of easing the restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, Navotas would continue to implement the 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the lifting or shortening of curfew hours wais the prerogative of the local government units (LGUs).

Since September 1, religious institutions in Metro Manila had been allowed to accommodate up to 10 percent of the venue’s capacity for gatherings.

Recently, the City of Manila allowed mosques, churches, and chapels to increase their authorized seating capacity for their religious gatherings from 10% to 30%.

Meanwhile, Christmas parties had been discouraged by Metro Manila mayors.

As of 4:00 p.m. of October 21, the Department of Health had recorded a total of 362,243 coronavirus cases in the Philippines wherein 43,990 were recorded as total active cases, 311,506 were recorded as total recoveries, and 6,747 were recorded as total deaths.

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