Mexico: Basilica of Guadalupe holds first mass after lockdown

The Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City opened its doors at limited capacity to hold a mass on Sunday for the first time since March. The use of masks is mandatory, visitors must have their temperature checked and should get the soles of their shoes and their hands disinfected before entering the religious site. «We are allowing only hundreds of people. On any given normal Sunday before the emergency we had tens of thousands every hour, 10 thousand, 11 thousand at each mass on Sundays. But now that number has been limited to 5 percent tops. 500 people in marked spaces inside and if this number is exceeded by a few hundred, we celebrate the mass in the atrium where we have the capacity of tens of thousands,» said Juan Franco, civil protection coordinator for the Basilica of Guadalupe. People could be seen watching masses inside and outside the church and taking their face masks off only to eat the sacramental bread. The Mexican capital has reported so far more than 68,000 COVID-19 cases and is currently at the orange light or high-risk phase of easing the lockdown restrictions.

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