Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that only family members are allowed to attend a wake or burial of a person in the city.
She issued an executive order regulating the operation of funeral parlors, cemeteries, memorial parks and columbariums effective until the state of calamity is lifted in the country after medical specialists have identified mass gathering as a source of transmission of coronavirus disease.
“There is a need to regulate wakes and burials to avoid mass gathering during these activities,” she said in EO No. 11, series of 2021.
The kin allowed to attend a wake or burial is a person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of the deceased, Duterte-Carpio said.
She also said the family in charge of the wake or burial and the funeral parlor or event management or cemetery management must ensure that there is no mass gathering among the family members. The family in charge of the wake and burial must keep a record of the date and time of the visit of all family members.
Face masks, distancing of at least one meter, and alcohol must be required of the visiting family members, she said.
The mayor said the directive also applies to all faith groups, including Muslims.
EO 11 also allows persons below 15 years old and above 65, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women to attend a wake or a burial of a family member and they may also visit the cemetery, memorial park or columbarium where their family members are buried. But they are not allowed to attend wakes and burials and visit cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums of non-relatives.