Cemeteries, memorial parks, columbaria closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 — Año

Published October 20, 2021, 9:29 AM

by Chito Chavez

All cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria across the country will be closed to the public from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 as the nation observes the traditional All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (Undas) amid the prevailing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Secretary Eduardo Ano (DILG photo)

In the “Talk to the People” briefing with President Duterte on Tuesday night, Oct. 19, Año advised the public to visit their dearly departed before or after these dates as the country continues its relentless bid to contain the spread of the virus.

He stated that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved a resolution that detailed the guidelines for the celebration of this year’s “Undas” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DILG chief pointed out that visitors must be limited to 10 persons per group with the capacity of these areas limited to 30 percent that may be raised to 50 percent in case the concerned local government units (LGUs) allow it.

Visitors must also strictly abide by the minimum public health standards to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Año also stressed that the Philippine National Police (PNP), LGUs, down to the barangay officials will strictly enforce the required health protocols during ‘Undas’.

He also noted that the LGUs are also mandated to pass ordinances or executive orders aligned with the measures during these days.