ONLY Covid-19 fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter and visit the cemeteries in Cebu City on Nov. 1, 2021 (All Saints’ Day) and Nov. 2, (All Souls’ Day), according to the Oplan “Kalag-Kalag” guidelines issued by the City Government on Friday, Oct. 15.

However, a categorized, scheduled, and regulated “open house admission” for individuals aged 18 to 65-years-old will be allowed on Oct. 18 to Oct. 30, and from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, only, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status.

In a directive signed by Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama, the City also said that only five visitors per grave will be allowed at any given time; a team will monitor the compliance of the directive.

Holy masses are allowed to be celebrated inside the cemetery, but only in the chapel and at 50 percent indoor capacity.

All masses should be celebrated at 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. and should last for 30 minutes only.

The City Government also prohibits the bringing of food, eating, and drinking alcoholic beverages inside the cemetery, with the exception of those that are intended for the dead.

Gambling of any form and other recreational activities are also not allowed.

One-hour stay

The City also advised all cemetery visitors to stay up to one hour only inside the cemetery “and must be considerate to those who are still outside and are waiting to be granted entry.”

To ensure this is implemented, a color coded time scheme or entry and exit by batch may also be adopted, wherein visitors are assigned a specific color upon entry, which will be the basis in determining when the allowed time has lapsed.

As for transportation, the City will allow limited entry of vehicles in the vicinity of the cemeteries.

In Mandaue City, all public and private memorial parks including columbariums will be temporarily closed for “Kalag-Kalag” from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

In an executive order dated Oct. 16, Mayor Jonas Cortes said visits to the cemetery will be suspended during the “Kalag-Kalag.”

He said those who want to visit their loved ones’ grave should do so before the temporary closure.

Those who will attend any burial and cremation services will be allowed to enter the cemeteries provided they comply with the minimum health protocols.

On days that the cemeteries are open (before Oct. 31 and after Nov. 2), the cemeteries may accept visitors at 50 percent capacity with strict compliance of the minimum health protocols.

Cortes said the curfew will still be in effect, which is 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day.

All public cemeteries shall close by 8 p.m. while the private cemeteries may operate following their own rules and regulations, but still subject to curfew limitations.

Since the existing protocols will still be in effect, persons below 15 years old and those above 65 years old are mandated to stay at home at all times.

Cortes said eating, bringing of sharp objects and selling of candles and flowers inside the premises of the cemeteries and columbariums are prohibited. (WBS / KFD)