CHRISTIAN church Victory, which meets in 18 locations in Metro Manila and also in the provinces, formally announced on their social media platforms and website on Friday that they will reopen their doors to the public.

“By God’s grace, we can once again meet in our location for worship services, while our online services will continue because we value everyone’s health and safety, we are preparing diligently for this,” Victory Philippines chairman Bishop Manny Carlos said in a YouTube video uploaded by the church.

Carlos also said that in compliance with government-prescribed guidelines, they will meet at a limited capacity, as well as conducting temperature checks upon entry, the addition of sanitation areas and directional markers, and proper physical distancing. Each of the church’s locations will be sanitized and disinfected.

“We trust that everyone will continue to adhere to proper hygiene and respiratory etiquette,” Carlos continued, also urging those who wish to attend to wear a face mask and face shield throughout the worship service.

According to Victory’s website, the onsite worship services are open for individuals between the ages of 18 to 65, those who do not exhibit any symptoms of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for the past 14 days, and those who are not considered “at risk” (e.g. senior citizens, pregnant, or those with pre-existing medical conditions). Those who meet these can register online.

The church also announced that its online worship services will continue.

A full list of schedules and locations, as well as frequently asked questions, can be found on their website.

Last month, the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) had allowed churches to operate at 30 percent capacity.

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