The provincial government of Cavite has allowed visits to cemeteries from October 1 to 28.
According to Governor Jonvic Remulla, the cemeteries in the province are open during this period, beginning 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All cemeteries will be closed from October 28 to November 2.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Remulla warned that eating, drinking alcoholic drinks, and selling food and beverages are prohibited even in private cemeteries.
Karaoke is also not allowed.
Remulla said the city and municipal government would decide how many individuals will be allowed in the cemeteries in their respective areas.
However, he stressed that those below 18 years old are banned from going to cemeteries.
“Alam ko na mahirap ito pero mas malakas mahawa at magkalat ng sakit ang mga kabataan kaysa matatanda (I know this is difficult, but younger people spread the virus more than adults),” he added.
Remulla also reminded the strict wearing of face masks and face shields.
“Kailangan naka-face mask at face shield. Mag-ingat lamang sa mga aksidente lalo na sa pagsindi ng kandila dahil ang face shield ay gawa sa plastic (Face masks and face shields must be worn. Just be careful especially when lighting a candle because the face shield is made of plastic),” the governor said.
Remulla further reminded Cavite residents to observe social distancing if they will visit cemeteries to avoid virus transmission.
“Alam ko po na hindi maka-Pilipino ang mga patakaran na ganito. Pero wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan malagpasan natin ang krisis na dulot ng COVID-19 (I know that policies like this are not pro-Filpino. But we can’t do anything. We need to overcome the crisis caused by COVID-19),” he added.