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Mayor Huervas orders closure of Valencia City cemeteries from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2

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Valencia City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas has ordered the temporary closure of all public and private cemeteries and memorial parks from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2021 to avoid mass gatherings and safeguard the health of the people during the “Undas Season (Kalag-Kalag)” in the city.

“There is a need to restrict access to all public and private cemeteries and memorial parks from October 29 to November 2, 2021 to ensure that the Undas Season does not become a ’super spreader’ event that would transmit the virus to our communities,” the mayor said in Executive Order (EO) No. 329, series of 2021.

Outside of the five-day period, Huervas said the public may visit their departed loved ones in cemeteries and memorial parks subject to observance of health protocols, social distancing, wearing of masks, 50 percent limit on venue capacity, and all other minimum health standards.

But she said interment services, funeral rites or burial of remains that fall on any of the dates from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2021 shall be allowed subject to observance of health protocols.

Priests, lay ministers, and other religious leaders are allowed to offer mass, give prayers or perform general blessing inside the cemeteries provided that their respective group shall not exceed 10 persons at any given time to the exclusion of the general public, she added.

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