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Mayor Honey Imposes Wearing of Face Masks for Manila North and South Cemeteries’ Visitors from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna says wearing of face masks will be required at the Manila North Cemetery and Manila South Cemetery for visitors who will go there from October 29 to November 2. (JERRRY S. TAN)

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna announced that the wearing of face masks will be required for those who will be visiting their loved ones buried at the Manila North Cemetery and the Manila South Cemetery from October 29 to November 2, 2022, citing as a reason that proper physical distancing may not be obserrved properly due to the throngs expected to go there on said dates.

“Since hindi maiiwasan ang pagdagsa ng dadalaw, ipatutupad ang pagsuot ng facemask sa loob ng sementeryo kahit na open space ,” Lacuna said, with a call for the visitors to observe proper physical distancing voluntarily, since it cannot be totally ensured with the expected number of visitors on the said days.

Lacuna also called on the residents to use the occasion of ‘Undas’ as an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

She made the appeal to Manila residents who would want to visit their departed loved ones at the said cemeteries but who remain unvaccinated until now.

According to Lacuna, entry at the said cemeteries will not be limited only to those who have been administered primary vaccines, except for children 12 years and below who, if unvaccinated, will not be allowed entry particularly on peak days, from October 29 to November 2.

She likewise encouraged the adults, specially those who have comorbidities and who are unvaccinated, to take it upon themselves to avoid going to the cemetery on the days when the volume of visitors is expected at its peak.

According to Manila North Cemetery Director Yayay Castaneda, at least a million visitors are expected to troop to the MNC during pre-pandemic and they now expect the same kind of numbers at the minimum.

The lady mayor also took the opportunity to appeal to those who are unvaccinated but plan to join the throngs that would troop to the cemeteries to get protection via vaccination which is readily available in the city’s six public hospitals and health centers.

“Kung gusto ninyong dumalaw sa inyong mga namayapang mahal sa buhay, eto na po ang pagkakataon. Magpabakuna na kayo para makadalaw naman kayo nang walang alalahanin,” Lacuna said.

She added that even if the cemetery is indeed an open space, the wearing of face masks and proper distancing will still be observed, considering the volume of visitors expected.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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