After six months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manila Cathedral has finally reopened its doors to the public.
Today, September 16, is the first day of the reopening of the cathedral. Churchgoers were finally allowed to enter the historic establishment that is considered to be the “Mother Church” in the country and is otherwise known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. It comes as for the past months, only online masses were conducted inside the church. (Read: Pope Francis Resumes Public General Audience in September)
WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU HOME! Tomorrow, September 16, we will reopen the Manila Cathedral to the public. Please be reminded of our schedule and guidelines for the celebration of Masses. Come home! 💙Posted by The Manila Cathedral on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In a Facebook post, the Manila Cathedral said Masses would be open to churchgoers every day, from Monday to Sunday.
“Welcome Home! The Manila Cathedral, the Mother Church of the country, welcomes you back to our Eucharistic celebrations, as we open our doors to the public starting September 16, 2020, Wednesday,” the post said.
Despite the resumption of public Masses, strict health protocols will still be put in place for everyone’s safety. The Manila Cathedral has announced that they will only welcome at most 80 people for every Mass, and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Each pew can only seat 3 persons. (Read: Churchgoers can expect smaller Masses under the new normal)
Churchgoers will need to undergo a temperature check at the entrance, where hand sanitizers and foot baths are located. They will be given an assigned seat where they will need to write down their name and other details on a paper for contact tracing. Wearing of face masks and face shields will also be required.
The Manila Cathedral also announced that the Plaza Roma will be made available every Sunday—just in case more people come to attend Masses. Those who would stay in the area would be able to receive the Holy Communion as well. (Read: Antipolo Church Offers ‘Drive-Thru Communion’ for Parishioners)
The public Masses will be held every 7:30 AM and 12:10 PM from Monday to Friday; 7:30 AM on Saturdays; and at 8 AM, 10 AM, and 6 PM on Sundays. The church would also be open for private prayers from 8 AM to 11:30 AM, and from 1 PM to 5 PM.