Press Release | 9 January 2021
With the evident influx of devotees to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) in commemoration of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene (Traslacion), the Department of Health (DOH) reiterates its call for the public to refrain from physically attending masses at Quiapo and for those still intending to go to instead opt for online masses for the remainder of the celebration.
The DOH further advises those who attended the Traslacion to minimize interactions, especially with the vulnerable members of their household, and to conduct active self-monitoring for any symptoms. The DOH also reiterates its reminder for anyone who experiences symptoms of COVID-19, especially devotees who physically went to Quiapo, to immediately coordinate with their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) for appropriate management and referral.
The Health Department also calls on respective Local Government Units to coordinate with Quiapo Church to secure the list of attending devotees, and to actively monitor their constituents who participated in the event for early detection of possible COVID-19 cases and limit transmission.