Parishes to get churchgoers info for contact tracing

Parishes to get churchgoers info for contact tracing

A worker disinfects the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig City, March 24, 2020. PHOTO FROM THE PASIG CATHEDRAL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

By CBCP News

June 9, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Catholic parishes will be required to keep attendance records for contact tracing in case someone tests positive for coronavirus.

Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig said the measure will be implemented when parishes in the diocese would reopen for in-person services.

He said that churchgoers will be given a form requiring some basic information when they attend Mass or other religious services.

“They will submit that form at the exit doors before leaving the church after the celebration,” Vergara said.

Aside from contact tracing, parishes are also required to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene directives such as wearing face masks.

The bishop also said that holy water fonts inside churches should remain empty and covered as precaution against the spread of the virus.

Religious services in Metro Manila remain highly restricted to curb the spread of Covid-19.

While Metro Manila was eased to general community quarantine last week, religious gatherings are still limited to 10 people.