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All 17 mayors of the cities in Metro Manila agreed to close cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria in the region from October 29 to November 2, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) confirmed.
Per MMDA Resolution No. 21-22, the decision was made to avoid mass gathering in observance of Undas 2021. The agency cited a report from the Department of Health (DOH) warning the public against gatherings to prevent a rise in infection, even as COVID-19 cases in the national capital region are decreasing.
The agency encouraged the public to visit the cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria in the region before October 29 or after November 2. The areas are open up to 30 percent capacity, MMDA noted.
READ: The Metro Manila mayors, through the MMC Resolution No. 21-22, agreed to restrict access to public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria all over NCR from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, in order to avoid mass gatherings on the observance of #Undas2021.#mmda pic.twitter.com/UQjc4jjsxG— Official MMDA (@MMDA) October 12, 2021
The agency added that wakes, necrological services, funerals, interment, cremation, and inurnment during the five-day closure will follow the prescribed guidelines by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).