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Regulated open-house admission’ to Cebu City cemeteries during Undas

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The Cebu City government has restricted unvaccinated individuals from entering all public and private cemeteries on All Saints’ Day, 1 November, and All Souls’ Day, 2 November.

Acting Mayor Michael Rama said, “There is a categorized, scheduled and regulated open house admission for persons aged 18 to 65 years old regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status. This will be implemented from 18 to 30 October, and from 3 to 5 November.”

Only five visitors per grave will be allowed at any given time, and a team will monitor the compliance.

Holy Masses are allowed inside the cemetery ,but only in its chapel at 50 percent indoor capacity.

The schedule and duration for the Masses are 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the Mass should last for only 30 minutes.

Prohibited in the cemeteries are the bringing of food, eating, and drinking of alcoholic beverages inside the cemetery premises, with the exception of food intended as offering to the dead.

Cemetery visitors are advised to stay at a maximum of one hour only inside the cemetery as they “must be considerate to those who are still outside and are waiting to be granted entry.”

Gambling of any form and other recreational activities are also prohibited inside cemeteries.

A color-coded time scheme for entry and exit batches may be adopted, in which visitors upon entry to the cemetery are assigned a color to be used as basis to stay or exit the cemetery upon the lapse of the allowed time.

Cemeteries will be sanitized from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

There are 21 private and public cemeteries in Cebu City.

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