Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued a warning against funeral parlors holding wakes or “burol” at home.
Belmonte on Wednesday warned funeral parlor personnel that they could be fined P5,000 and could face revocation of business permit if they allow such at home as it is still prohibited under Ordinance No. SP-2907 S-2000.
The mayor issued the same warning against barangay officials as they could also be fined P5,000, face imprisonment of up to six months or be charged under Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Disease and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
This came after the local government received reports that some barangay officials are already allowing funeral parlors to hold wakes at home although the activity is still prohibited since the start of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
“What we are trying to avoid is crowded wakes where a potential surge can occur. While we understand that we should accord grieving families the right to pay their last respects, the virus is still there to wreak havoc and could ruin even our Christmas celebration,” Belmonte said as the city’s new COVID-19 cases are reportedly rising again.
“So, if we can limit the wake to the immediate family and in a controlled environment, then we can avert the spread of the virus,” she added.