THE Palace has asked not to continue religious gatherings following the reaction of mayors and governors of areas already under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said local governments in the GCQ areas had appealed that such activity should not be allowed on the grounds that it would only open up an influx of people despite a policy that social distancing measures still needed to be implemented.
Yesterday, Malacanang announced that religious and works gathering will be allowed in areas under the GCQ starting today, May 1, as long as the physical distancing remains to be observed.
But Roque said there could be changes to these rules released by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
The spokesman added that he would seek to address the issue at today’s IATF meeting to study and consider the appeals of local government units.