By Marisol Bo-oc | 03:22 PM January 07, 2021
The Augustinian friars at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu have canceled the major religious activities for the Fiesta Señor because of ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) threat
There will be no processions for the holy child, Señor Santo Niño, this year due to quarantine restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, according to Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Basilica’s rector.
The annual Fiesta Señor, which also coincides with the Sinulog, gathers millions of churchgoers and devotees yearly.
Nohara said the Basilica still have the daily Novena Masses.
All those planning to attend the Novena Masses will be required to wear face masks and face shields, and to bring their own umbrella.
There will be markers in the area where people should sit and stay during the Masses.
Quarantine passes and IDs for workers will also be required upon entrance.
The church is open from 3 a.m. until 11 p.m. Before the pandemic, Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño was open 24 hours as the fiesta drew near.
Some of the activities cancelled include the “Walk for Jesus,” “Walk for Mary” and the penitential solemn foot procession.
Cebu City Councilor Philip Zafra encouraged devotees to watch the livestream of Masses.
Earlier, the Cebu City Government and the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) are at odds on whether to hold or cancel the Sinulog Festival ritual showdown on January 17, 2021.
Vice Mayor Michael Rama, in charge of the Sinulog Festival 2021, insisted that canceling this year’s Sinulog is like canceling culture and history.
The CCPO and the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) both already recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) the cancellation of the festival for this year.