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UNDAS 2020: Gov’t orders nationwide closure of cemeteries

The Philippine government decided to close for a week all public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums starting October 29 to November 4, 2020 or the week of Undas (All Soul’s Day) to prevent mass gatherings and virus transmission in accordance with the protocols given during the pandemic.


The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) signed the Resolution No. 72 on September 17 giving their consent to the said decision. 


From September 17 to October 28 and from November 5 to November 15, the IATF-EID only allows a certain number of visitors in the cemeteries during the said periods.

“Because cemeteries will close for one week, the number of people who can visit those who passed away will be limited to 30% venue capacity,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. 


All visitors are required to wear face masks, face shields, and delicate observance of physical distancing for safety precautions.


“For the 30% I mentioned, the age restrictions will not apply. We know that the seniors and children will really want to pay tribute to their departed loved ones,” Roque added.  


LAYOUT BY: Chester P. Cortez

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