Mass weddings are now allowed
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has announced that it is allowing the conduct of mass weddings amid the pandemic as long as health protocols are followed.
According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, mass weddings are possible as long as the attendance is 30 percent of the venue capacity.
This is to ensure that physical distancing is being followed.
The groom and bride also need to wear a face mask and face shield first, said Malaya.
On Tuesday, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay officiated a wedding among 9 couples in a so-called “mask wedding.” The program started in July.
The highly-awaited kiss-the-bride moment in which the mask and shield can be removed at the mayor’s signal will not be prohibited.
“We really made an effort to make it an outdoor wedding just to simply accommodate all those requests na gusto magpakasal,” Binay said.
Up to 190 people have been married in such a program in Makati.
Health protocols continue to be implemented in the country amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases.
In the last record, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines has reached 452,988.
Of that number, 24,873 are active cases or have not yet recovered from the disease.
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