Lapu to public: Wear face mask when visiting graves

THE public is required to wear their face masks when visiting the cemeteries in Lapu-Lapu City starting Saturday, October 29, 2022, until November 2.

This, after Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan issued Executive Order 2022-50, establishing the guidelines for the observance of All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, locally known as Kalagkalag.

While a huge crowd of visitors are expected within these days, Chan ordered the owner, manager, or administrator of all public and private cemeteries and memorial parks in the city to ensure the observance and strict compliance of the wearing of face masks for those who will enter the premises.

Visitors can enter the premises in both private and public cemeteries and memorial parks from 6 a.m. to midnight during these days.

Chan prohibited any form of alcoholic beverages and gambling in the cemeteries, as well as sound systems, playing of loud music, and karaoke.

Apart from that, bladed weapons, knives, spears, bolo and other similar items are also prohibited in the cemeteries.

Chan also specified that only ambulant vendors with special permits from the Office of the City Mayor are allowed to sell goods in the aforementioned days at the designated vending areas outside the cemeteries.

“The owner, manager, or administrator of all cemeteries and memorial parks shall ensure the proper implementation of these guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines shall subject them to the suspension of their business permit,” the EO read.

The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, in coordination with the barangay local government units concerned, was ordered to monitor all public and private cemeteries and memorial parks to ensure the solemnity and safety in the observance of Kalagkalag.

The EO was issued October 24 but was released to the public Thursday, October 27. (MKG)