Héroes street was closed to traffic, as the faithful overflowed the area.
In the middle of an orange traffic light with an alert due to the number of hospitalizations for covid-19, the faithful of San Judas Tadeo overflowed in the parish of San Hipólito, in the Historic Center.
From the night of Monday 27, groups of faithful came to the church, which remained closed, to sing the mañanitas and celebrate the saint at midnight.
This, despite the fact that on October 17, the Secretariat of the Capital Government announced that it had reached an agreement with the ecclesiastical authorities of San Hipólito so that it would remain closed on October 28 and that the annual ceremony was virtual.
“For Wednesday, October 28 – the day of the saints that corresponds to Saint Jude Thaddeus – the parishioners are urged to stay at home, set up an altar and as a family follow the transmission of the mass, at 12:00 hours, with in order to avoid crowds ”, it was pointed out in a statement.
However, at 7:00 a.m., the temple opened its doors allowing entry through a filter where its temperature was taken, a mandatory face mask had to be used and the stay was only five minutes, which was not respected.
Throughout the day more parishioners arrived and despite the loud talk of the Transit police, who reminded them that they should stay at home, people came and went on the street.
In the line to enter there was no healthy distance. Héroes street was closed to traffic and was full of people, many of them went without masks, others used it incorrectly; some more were visibly drunk or under the influence of some toxic substance, this newspaper observed on tours.
122 police officers, 20 officials from Cuauhtémoc, 7 from the Center’s Public Highway Ordinance and two from the Ministry of the Interior were involved in the backup operation.
Although the church had been scheduled to be open until 7:00 p.m., at 4:00 p.m. the doors were closed and an operation was initiated by the Secretariat of Citizen Security to disperse the believers.
According to figures from the Government Secretariat, at that time there were 4,300 attendees.
At night, about 150 policemen surrounded San Hipólito to prevent people from approaching the building; the faithful dispersed to Reforma and Hidalgo Avenue, but they kept coming.
At the close, the operation continued.
With information from Wendy Roa
and Rodolfo Dorantes
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