The municipal government of Taytay, Rizal has ordered the seven-day closure of all public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, columbaries, and repositories of urns beginning October 29.
In the Executive Order No. 164 Series of 2021, Mayor George Ricardo R. Gacula II called for the closure of cemeteries and similar places from October 29 until November 4.
To those who will visit before and after the closed dates, only a maximum of two persons will be allowed per grave site and will only have one hour to stay in the premises to maintain the 30 percent visitor capacity per cemetery.
Cemeteries, memorial parks, columbaries, and repositories of urns shall only be allowed to operate from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. before October 29 or after November 4.
Mass inside the gravesites is allowed via live streaming only and that only the priest or officiating religious person, sacristan, and technical staff who will operate the live streaming activity will be allowed entry during the activity.
Minors and 60 years old, as well as those who are pregnant and with immunodeficiency, comorbidity or other health risks will not be allowed to enter.
Bringing or selling of food or liquor, candles, flowers, or any kinds of items, as well as bringing in of tools or weapons and playing of any game or gambling are also prohibited.
Gacula’s executive order also includes the ban on holding of Halloween activities in public places.