Sunday, 28 June 2020 06:07

Parishes placed under lockdown due to COVID-19


Several parishes in Metro Manila have recently been locked down because of COVID-19 exposures.

The Santisima Trinidad Parish in Malate, Manila announced its temporary closure because some of its staff and priest were tested positive from COVID-19.

“Minarapat naming isara ang ating simbahan at ang opisina ng ating parokya upang mapigilan agad ang pagkalat ng sakit. Dahil din dito, kami ay nagsagawa na ng contact tracing sa mga taong aming nakasalamuha."


In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the parish on June 26, 2020, the parish priest, told the faithful that he and a parish staff were infected by the coronavirus.

“Kasalukuyan akong nagpapagaling sa aking silid at malayo sa aming mga kasama sa kumbento na nakapailalim din sa voluntary quarantine at walang iniindang sintomas. Samantalang [ang aming cook] naman ay nakaconfine ngayon at nagpapagaling sa San Juan de Dios Hospital,” the priest said in the statement.

As of Monday, June 22, 2020, the parish has been in contact with its barangay head for coordination of protocols set by the government and the church. The parish also coordinated with the Ministry of Health Care of the Archdiocese of Manila for medical needs and assistance.

The parish priest also asked the faithful’s understanding and prayers.

“Hinihingi ko po ang inyong pasensiya at pang-intindi sa pangyayaring ito. Gayundin, hiling ko na kami ay inyong ipagdasal upang mabilisan kaming gumaling sa sakit na ito at aming malampasan ang pagsubok na ito,” he said.

In Quezon City, the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Quezon City also announced its temporary lockdown beginning June 25, 2020.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the temporary lockdown starting today, June 25, 2020, of our Parish Church for at least two weeks,” according to the announcement posted on the parish’s Facebook page.

The lockdown of the parish was due to the report that one of the parish office staff tested positive from COVID-19.

“This temporary measure has been immediately has been decided and implemented, in addition to subsequent swab testing of parish personnel, for the protection of everyone,” according to the announcement.

The parish has scheduled the disinfecting of the church and assured the faithful that they will continue with their online Masses during the two weeks lockdown. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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