New normal at Minor Basilica in Manaoag

NO contact details, no entry.

THIS and more are some of the guidelines being imposed for the resumption of liturgical services at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, considered as a religious mecca in Northern Luzon as it draws thousands of Marian devotees everyday.

Other guidelines being implemented at the Minor Basilica for churchgoers: Write name, contact details to be dropped at designated box; use foot bath; to be checked by thermal scanner; occupy marked areas only and maintain physical distancing

The guidelines were contained in Executive Order No. 0033-2020 June 16, 2020 issued by Gov. Amado Espino III.

“We are prepared,” said a Facebook post of the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, that also indicated only a maximum 40 percent capacity inside the Church is allowed. The advisory from the Dominican Community of the Priory of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag explained “The health and safety of all devotees of Apo Baket is our primary concern when we resume liturgical services here at the Minor Basilica”.

It said that they crafted and institutionalized guidelines that conform to the health and safety procedures required by the government.

“In fact, we instituted more stringent measures than are fundamentally required. For instance, to aid potential contact tracing, we require mass goers to write name and contact number before being allowed entry to Church premises,” it said.

Schedule of mass of Holy Masses: Sunday (6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 noon, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.) Monday to Saturday Masses (6:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m.) (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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