THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is proposing to limit the stay of cemetery visitors to 20 minutes and to ban vendors in the premises.
The MCPO is expecting a rise in the volume of visitors in the lead-up to the closure of cemeteries from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2020, to prevent mass gathering during All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.
Col. Jonathan Abella, MCPO director, said he will submit these proposals to the Mandaue City Government.
He said he came up with a 15- to 20-minute limit on visits so more can people enter cemeteries, which are only allowed to open at 30 percent capacity.
He also doesn’t want visitors to loiter inside buying flowers and candles. That’s why he wants to keep vendors outside.
He said visitors should buy flowers and candles before entering.
However, Gina Banque and Josephine Sandoval, who have been selling candles and flowers at the St. Joseph Public Cemetery for almost 30 years, want the police official to reconsider his proposal to ban them.
They said they live in their stores, which are located inside the cemetery. They also pointed out that not many people have visited since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Abella confirmed this, but said that his proposals are subject for discussion and approval by the local chief executive during their meeting next week.
He said he has already instructed station commanders and police officers to include cemeteries in their 24-hour patrol. (KFD)