For the first time in decades, the government has to close all cemeteries across the country to ban public gatherings as traditionally done during All Saints Day and All Souls Day when families would have reunions, prayers and feasts near the tombs of their departed loved one.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases complied with the national directive to close all 7 cemeteries from October 29 to November 4, 2020 to prevent mass gatherings that would increase the risk COVID-19 infections.
Nevertheless, while the cemeteries are empty the people gathered in the safety of their homes and offered prayers for their departed loved ones.
On November 5 to 7, the Kalag-Kalag passes will be imposed again at the gates of the cemeteries for those who still want to visit the graves of their loved ones.
These passes can be obtained from the barangay halls to ensure orderly distribution and prevent mass gatherings.