THE Mandaue City Government plans to close all public and private cemeteries from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 2020.
This, after the local task force and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes saw the high risk that the traditional celebration of the All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day may bring to the public.
John Eddu Ibañez, the executive secretary of the mayor, said that Cortes does not want to have a resurgence of cases if the traditional celebration of these holidays will take place.
Cortes will issue an executive order pertaining to the temporary closure of cemeteries.
Ibañez advised that people may visit the cemeteries before the closure dates or offer their prayers at home.
On those dates, Ibañez said they will only allow the entry of families whose burial was scheduled within those dates.
Ibañez said they will seek help from the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and Mandaue City Legal Enforcement Unit.
Ibañez said they will deploy the officers before Oct. 30 and place barriers at the entry and exit points of the cemeteries.
In a separate interview, PCol. Jonathan Abella, the MCPO city director, said they will deploy their police officers to and conduct roving operations in the cemeteries to ensure that no visitors will enter.
Due to the closure, Abella anticipates that the public will start to visit the cemeteries before the closure dates.
With that, he said they will start to conduct roving at the cemeteries and advise the visitors to observe social distancing and other minimum health standards.
The MCPO will also tap the barangay tanods and barangay officials to include the cemeteries on their daily roving within their jurisdiction. (KFD)