Cavite cemeteries have been given permission to open to visitors for All Souls Day observance from October 1 to 27, instead of the annual trek on November 1.
Cavite Provincial Governor Jonvic Remulla announced the guidelines for cemetery visits in the province, following the nationwide moves to disallow mass visits to graveyards on the actual days of observance.
The province south of Metro Manila will disallow cemetery visits from October 28 to November 2 to discourage people from trooping to the graveyards and potentially spreading the coronavirus disease.
The following cemetery visit guidelines were issued:
1. Cemeteries to be open from 9 AM-7 PM from October 1 to 27 only.
2. Eating inside cemeteries is disallowed.
3. Alcoholic beverages are disallowed.
4. No food and beverage vendors allowed.
5. Municipal and city governments will issue regulations on the maximum number of visitors allowed inside the cemetery.
6. Face masks and face shields are required to be worn by visitors.
7. Karaoke singing is disallowed.
8. Children under 18 years old are disallowed.
The Cavite leader appealed for cooperation while acknowledging the value of All Souls Day to the Catholic faithful.
“Ang Araw ng Patay ay isa sa pinakamahalaga at sagradong obserbasyon ng Katolikong Pilipino. Sa panahon na ito ay bumibisita tayo sa panchong, nagsisindi ng kandila at nag-aalay ng dasal. Ang iba ay may baon pang merienda, habang nagkukwentuhan ang buong pamilya o kaanak tungkol sa buhay ng mga yumao na. Sama sama ang lahat. Marami ang nagkakasiyahan at halos walang bahid ng lungkot,” Remulla wrote in his Facebook advisory on October 1, 2020.
“Dahil sa pandemya ay kailangan pa rin nating paulit-ulit na ipaalala ang social distancing rules. Lagpas 10,000 na ang positibo sa COVID dito sa Cavite at malakas ang kutob ko na baka lalong kumalat ang sakit na ito ngayong papalapit na Undas,” Remulla added.
Cavite province has targetted 15,000 COVID-19 tests a day with the help of its universities.
The province had also set up Free WiFi Internet for students to 90 percent of Cavite homes in preparation for the new school year that opens on October 5.
SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Cavite for being given time to visit their deceased loved ones s October.
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