Undas 2021: Cemeteries, memorial parks, columbariums in PH closed from Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Published October 25, 2021, 12:50 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The government’s pandemic task force announced that public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in the entire country will be closed from October 29 to November 2 to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the announcement as Filipino Christians prepare for the Undas season this year, the time when they go to cemeteries to remember their dearly departed loved ones.

In his press briefing on Monday, October 25, Roque said cemeteries and other similar places in the entire country will be closed for five days starting Friday, October 29.

The said period covers a supposed long weekend as November 1 or All Saints’ Day falls on a Monday. All Souls’ Day, which is on November 2, is a special working day as declared by Malacañang last year.

During the five-day period, the rules on the conduct of burials for non-COVID-19 deaths and COVID-19 cremains shall continue to apply.

Meanwhile, cemeteries and other similar places in the country will be allowed to accommodate visitors of up to 30 percent of its venue capacity on dates when the said places are not closed.

Age restrictions shall not apply to visitors during this time but they will be required to wear face masks, face shields, and observe physical distancing.

This was not the first time the government ordered the closure of all cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums during the Undas season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government made the same move last year to prevent huge crowds of people during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

The closure period last year was from October 29 to November 4, 2020.

Last year, Malacañang asked for the public’s understanding regarding the move to close cemeteries during the Undas season, saying the government is just trying to protect everybody from COVID-19.

 
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