In compliance to DILG, IATF

TACLOBAN CITY- Public and private cemeteries, to include memorial parks and columbaria, across the region are to be off limits to the public beginning October 29.
The temporary closure of these facilities is in compliance to the order of the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) and Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) as the country continue to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Here in the city, Mayor Alfred Romualdez issued an executive order mandating for the closure of all cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria effective October 29 until Nov.2.
However, during this period, burial and other necrological activities will still be allowed.
The order, issued by Romualdez on Tuesday (Oct.19) will still allow the public to enter these facilities on Saturday (Oct.23) until the effectivity of the temporary closure on Oct.29.
All those who will enter shall observe the health protocols like social distancing and the wearing of face mask and face shield. There will also be a limit at 50 percent on the capacity of the facilities.
In Naval, Biliran, the Naval Diocese also announced that all cemeteries will be closed to the public on Nov.1 and 2.
Masses for the departed will be offered in all barangay chapels on those dates, it said.
The town’s public cemetery will remain opened from Oct. 23 to Oct. 28.
The city government of Baybay in Leyte also announced that all the cemeteries in the city will only be opened from October 25 until Oct.31 and will be closed on Nov.1 and 2.
The city government of Catbalogan in Samar have also declared temporary closure of the cemeteries starting on Oct.29 until Nov. 2.