The local government of Nueva Ecija has ordered the temporary closure of both public and private cemeteries during All Saints’ and All Souls’ days. 

Mayor Josefino Angeles released an executive order closing all cemeteries and columbaries from Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Due to the possible flock of locals during these days, Angeles explained that it would be difficult to implement physical distancing measures. 

He also added that people who plan to visit or clean cemeteries from Sept. 17 to Nov. 15 or on dates not included in the temporary closure are required to wear face masks and face shields, and strictly observe physical distancing. 

Meanwhile, elderlies and children will be granted permission to visit the cemeteries during these dates.

Furthermore, internments will be allowed between Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 while the cemeteries are closed, but funeral marches are prohibited.

Earlier, the government’s inter-agency task force (IATF) managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has mandated the closure of all cemeteries, columbarium and memorial parks across the country during “Undas” season to curb the further spread of the dreaded virus.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday the IATF approved the closure from October 29 to November 4. RJ Espartinez