Muntinlupa City suspends Holy Week activities amid surge of COVID-19 cases

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed Executive Order No. 8 s. 2021 ordering the suspension of all activities related to the observance of Holy Week with the exception of the celebration of holy mass in Muntinlupa as a preventive measure against further COVID-19 transmission.

Fresnedi said it is imperative to impose restrictions on the movement of people amid the recent surge of COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila and as a consequence of the shared border between Muntinlupa and the cities of San Pedro, Bacoor, Dasmariñas, and the Province of Cavite with less restrictive community quarantine status.

As of March 19, Muntinlupa City has 6,117 confirmed cases with 5,598 recoveries, 339 active cases, 180 reported deaths, 97 suspect cases, and 522 probable cases.

Under the executive order, suspended Holy Week-related activities include:

  • Blessing of palm fronds during Palm Sunday Mass especially in areas exceeding the capacity allowed by current regulations.
  • Pabasa, whether held on parish grounds or in the privacy of homes or compounds;
  • Senakulo, or any similarly-situated re-enactment of Passion and Death of Jesus Christ;
  • Washing of the Feet during the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, which shall be ceremonial and shall not involve participants;
  • Visita Iglesia;
  • Stations of the Cross, which shall be held virtually;
  • Alay Lakad, the traditional physical march or walk of devotees leading to the Santo Sepulcro in Barangay Landayan. City of San Pedro;
  • Penitencia, or the act of self-flagellation;
  • Prusisyon, or the act of transporting an image or images of veneration from the parish church and return, followed by devotees, and this prohibition includes motorcades;
  • Salubong, or the Easter meeting between the Risen Christ and Mary, His Mother.

Parishes in the city are mandated to continue their respective disinfection activities despite the suspension of activities and submit their Schedule of Activities for Holy Week and Easter Sunday for proper monitoring.

The Holy Mass shall proceed as scheduled and only 30% of the seating capacity of the church is to be maintained.

Further, the local government also reiterates the implementation of StaySafe.PH contact tracing system in the churches. Parish churches shall not allow members without the app or QR code to enter its premises.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi appeals to Muntinlupa residents to cooperate and strictly follow minimum health measures. The local exec also urged the public to not to let their guard down amid rising cases in the city.

*Source: Public Information Office