QC sets rules on cemeteries, columbaria visits

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has urged people who desire to visit their departed loved ones in cemeteries within the city, to strictly observe their health protocols and guidelines  to contain the risks of Covid-19 infection and transmission.

All private and public cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaria all over the country will be closed during the Undas from October 29 to Nov. 4, 2020 as ordered by the

Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Dated September 21, the QC guidelines state that on said dates, cemeteries and columbaria in QC will be open only “for interment, and only as necessary and as scheduled in advance.”

Belmonte. however, said outside of the dates stated, cemeteries in the city may remain open and receive visitors at all days of the week, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., but visiting cemeteries or columbaria must comply with the minimum health safety requirements such as the use of face mask, observance of safe physical distancing of at least two meters distance from each other, log in their names, address and contact number for contact tracing purposes, and present their quarantine pass and ID cards.

She said they will also enforces a limit on the number of visitors within the premises at any one time, in compliance with the IATF order of 30-percent maximum capacity in all cemeteries and memorial parks,

“In case maximum capacity is reached at any time, the establishment shall be responsible to ensure that persons waiting outside do not crowd together or violate physical distancing limits,” the guideline states.

The guidelines allow vendors selling flower, food, candle and other traditional micro-enterprises in connection with the “Undas” tradition. outside cemeteries and columbaria, subject to health protocols, but not inside them.

The lady mayor has also ordered the Quezon City Police District, the Department of Public Order and Safety, the Market Development and Administration Department and the barangays concerned to monitor cemeteries and columbaria in their area and ensure the enforcement of the guidelines.

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