CATHOLIC cemeteries in Albay and in Tagaytay will be closed from October 30 to November 3.
Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon said the decision to close the cemeteries in the province on said dates seeks to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019.
“Since the Covid-19 cases in our province are still alarming, I deem it prudent to implement the closure of all the catholic cemeteries in the Diocese from October 30 until November 3, except for the burial. In a few weeks time, we will be celebrating two important feasts for the Catholic faithful – the All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2,” Baylon said.
The prelate encouraged the faithful to visit their departed loved ones before or after the said dates.
In Tagaytay, Mayor Agnes Tolentino said public and private cemeteries in the city will also be closed on the same dates.
She advised the public to visit their departed loved ones prior or after the celebration of “Undas” on November 1 and 2.
The mayor also urged people who will go to the cemeteries to follow the minimum public health standards to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
The Tagaytay Office of Public Safety , local police under acting police chief Lt Col. Noel Calapatia, and barangay officials are conducting inspections at each entrance of the cemetery to ensure the compliance of the visitors to health protocols.
Only 200 persons will be allowed to stay inside the cemetery at any given time. Number cueing will be distributed by the TOPS officers.
Visitors are only given one hour inside the cemetery to offer flowers and prayers.
Based on Executive Order 393, Series of 2021, no food or refreshments and selling of food and refreshments are allowed inside the cemetery in the city. Jane Eleda and Dennis Abrina