The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu will be preparing for its reopening for religious worship after several members among its personnel who earlier tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have already been cleared of the illness.
In a statement, Prior Provincial Fr. Andres Rivera Jr., OSA confirmed that they have received communication from officials of Barangay Sto. Niño that the Basilica’s personnel are now COVID-free.
In 8 June, the health department confirmed that five swab tests from 41 gathered from among the Basilica’s personnel yielded positive results, prompting the closure and disinfection of the famed church which houses the revered Señor Santo Niño de Cebu image for more than a month.
Rivera said the Basilica and its Pilgrim Center will reopen as soon as a confirmed date is announced by the Office of the Basilica Rector along with the guidelines and precautionary measures to be implemented for all pilgrims and devotees.
The Basilica is the center of the annual Sinulog fiesta celebration on the third week of January wherein Cebuanos revere their patron, Señor Santo Niño de Cebu, through a ritual prayer and dance.