In the progressive City of Muntinlupa, the City Government issued guidelines for the anticipated visits at the local cemeteries in relation to the “Undas” (or observation of All Saints’ Day), according to a Manila Bulletin news report. Take note that visiting cemeteries and memorial parks did not happen due to COVID-19.
To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…
The Muntinlupa City government released rules for the observance of All Saints’ Day or “Undas” this year.
Last year, the city government banned visits to cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaria due to the Covid-19 situation but relaxed the rules this year as health protocols were eased.
According to the city government, cleaning, painting and renovation of niches will be allowed until Oct. 28.
All private and public cemeteries will be open from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors are allowed to stay for three hours per tomb.
No funeral or cremation will be allowed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1.
”Hindi lubos na ligtas na isama pa ang mga may edad 12 pababa at 60 pataas (It is not safe to bring those 12 years old and below, and 60 years old and above),” the city government said.
It added that overnight stay and selling in cemeteries are not allowed.
Minimum health protocols will be strictly implemented such as wearing of face masks, physical distancing and handwashing or use of alcohol.
The above article ended stating that the following items are banned in cemeteries: alcoholic beverages, flammable materials, firearms and any pointed items such as knives or cutters, and sound systems that emit loud sounds.
Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to this latest development? Are you confident that it is safe to visit the cemeteries this year? Has everyone in your household been fully vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19?
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