Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Thursday announced that the individuals in the provincial government will be allowed to visit their loved ones in cemeteries from 1 to 27 October amid the threat of the coronavirus disease.
He said that these protocols will be laid out to control the transmission of the virus mentioning that Cavite still has a high number of cases.
“Dahil sa pandemya, ay kailangan pa rin nating paulit-ulit na ipaalala ang social distancing rules. Lagpas 10,000 na ang positibo sa COVID dito sa Cavite at malakas ang kutob ko na baka lalong kumalat ang sakit na ito ngayong papalapit na Undas,” he said.
In a Facebook post, he said that visitors will be allowed only from 9:00 A.M. until 7 P.M. where activities such as eating, drinking of alcoholic beverages, karaoke, and selling of foods and beverages will be prohibited.
Those below 18 years old will also be not allowed to visit the cemeteries as he mentioned that teenagers are more prone to spreading the virus to the elderly population.
Above all, the wearing of face masks and face shields as part of the minimum health standards will still be regulated.
Remulla said that the municipal and city government will still be responsible in providing the appropriate regulations in each locality specifically on how many people will only be allowed to enter.
After the said duration, all cemeteries will be closed from Oct. 28 until Nov. 2.
“Alam ko po na hindi maka-Pilipino ang mga patakaran na ganito. Pero wala tayo magagawa. Kailangan malagpasan natin ang krisis na dulot ng COVID-19,” he said.
Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) said that the closure of cemeteries is a ‘good practice’ to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed that every celebration of the All Soul’s Day and the All Saint’s Day, memorial parks tend to be crammed with people which is already considered as a form of mass gathering.
To date, the province of Cavite has tallied 15,682 cases of COVID-19 as the nationwide record stands at over 311,000 infected individuals.