Cemeteries in Metro Manila closed during Undas week

Twenty-nine public cemeteries in the National Capital Region (NCR) will not accept visitors from October 29 to November 2, a time when Filipinos observe Undas or All Saints' Day.

The Metro Manila Council passed a resolution urging local governments in the metropolis to restrict access to public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria during the said period, in a bid to prevent mass gatherings that could trigger COVID-19 spread.

“Filipinos can still physically visit the graves of their departed loved ones earlier than October 29 or later than November 2, subject to the prescribed 30% venue capacity,” said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos, coordinator of the 17 NCR mayors, on Tuesday, October 12.

At a "Laging Handa" briefing on Saturday, Abalos reiterated that the public cemeteries will be closed for the specified five days, even though NCR will be under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31. Under this alert level, vaccinated individuals can gather at 30% venue capacity for indoor activities and 50% for outdoor activities. 

Mayors in the region implemented the same measure in 2020, when the Philippines was seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metro Manila was grappling with over 16,000 active COVID-19 cases as of October 12. – Rappler.com