The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.


No public masses in Philippines oldest church Sto. Nino de Cebu starting August 2


CEBU – The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, the Philippines’ oldest Catholic church, ceased holding public masses on Sunday (August 2).

The basilica announced that churchgoers can watch online masses livestreamed twice daily from Monday to Sunday, at 8am and 2pm.

The church premises and candle-lighting area will be open to churchgoers from Monday to Saturday.

The basilica was closed for several days in July after some of its priests and employees were suspected of contracting coronavirus.

The Cebu City government has issued an order limiting the number of churchgoers to a maximum of 10 people as part of precautionary measures against coronavirus.

Cebu City is under general community quarantine (GCQ) until August 15. Areas placed under GCQ are considered to have moderate or low risk to Covid-19. There is limited movement for the public, with precautionary measures enforced.

Cebu has more than 8,000 Covid-19 cases, with 342 deaths. More than 6,000 people have recovered from the virus. FAY/Expat Media

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