Rama wants all churches open to public for Simbang Gabi

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants all churches to be open to the public during “Simbang Gabi” or the nine-day series of dawn masses in anticipation of Christmas.

Rama said on Monday, November 7, 2022, that churches and parishioners should be aware and abide by the current thrust of the City Government in dealing with the pandemic.

“If you are asking me, open it up. Let the church be responsible sa ilang mga polisiya. Let all the churches, all church-goers abide by and (be) aware also where the thrust of the mayor and the City Government is,” said Rama.

The mayor added that he will not require the public to wear face masks inside churches and would rather leave it to the discretion of the individual.

Churches will also be given the liberty to choose the schedule and number of masses that will be held during those days, Rama said.

Simbang Gabi masses are usually held between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. from December 16 to 24 of every year. (IRT)