The local government of Quezon City said it will shorten the curfew period in the city starting on December 16 from 12:00 midnight to 3:00 to give way for the traditional Simbang Gabi, which is also in accordance with the latest pronouncements of the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
The previous curfew hours was from 10:00 pm. to 5 a.m.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, however, clarified that while Simbang Gabi is allowed, churches are only allowed to accommodate 30 percent of their capacity with basic protocols in place, like social distancing and wearing of face masks and face shields.
Also Belmonte said caroling in the city is prohibited, and that families limit Christmas and New Year celebrations to immediate members of a household.
“We also strongly discourage commingling of multiple households in activities such as large family reunions,” said Belmonte.
She added that non-essential gatherings of more than 10 persons are still strictly prohibited in the city.
And as practiced in areas under general community quarantine, persons between 15 to 65 years old are allowed to leave home, while persons younger or older than those permitted ages can leave home only to buy essentials. SOVEREIGNPH