Basilica expects low turnout for Fiesta Señor activities

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THE “virtual Sinulog” plans of the Cebu City Government and the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) for 2021 will not affect the religious activities of the Fiesta Señor.

Basilica del Santo Niño head of the secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes said the Basilica has an independent preparation for the fiesta in honor of the Señor Santo Niño.

Reyes said they expect a fewer number of people to attend the religious activities because of the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“Covid-19 affects us so expected that those coming to the church are understandably less, let alone we are enforcing protocols,” said Reyes.

“SFI virtual (Sinulog) will not affect our cause. It will not depend on our liturgical activities,” he added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease had allowed mass gatherings for religious services and activities when the city was placed on modified general community quarantine, but only at 50 percent seating capacity to ensure safe distancing.

In a previous report, the Basilica and the City had laid out their initial plans for the religious activities, which will include the holding of a motorcade instead of the traditional procession, no seaborne procession and the streaming of novena masses to other churches in the province.

As for the 2021 Sinulog Festival, organizers announced that instead of a grand parade attended by thousands of spectators and fiesta goers, an “online celebration” will be held. (JJL)