The Archdiocese of Manila has banned all public religious activities from August 3 to August 14 in response to the overwhelmed and tired medical frontliners who appealed to the government to place Metro Manila under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again to prevent the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

As stated in the pastoral instruction issued on August 1, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Broderick Pabillo announced that all churches and shrines under the Manila archdiocese will revert the implementation of ECQ rules, adding that online religious activities shall proceed.

Pabillo also asked the faithful to pray for that the “frontliners may be kept safe, that those who are sick may get well soon, and that all our families be protected from the virus.”

As of writing, the Philippines has a record of 103,185 COVID-19 infections with 35,569 active cases, 65,557 recoveries, and 2,059 deaths.

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