The Mandaue City government will be closing all its private and public cemeteries and memorial parks including columbaries in the city from October 29, 2021 to November 2, 2021.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has issued Executive Order No. 35-A series of 2021 in compliance with the guidelines set by national Inter-Agency Task Force in order to prevent mass gatherings that could trigger the spread of COVID-19.

Cortes earlier issued EO No. 35 wherein these places in the city will be temporarily closed from October 31 to November 2, 2021.

But Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año has made an announcement on October 19, 2021 that the IATF released guidelines to close all cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaries nationwide starting October 29 to November 2, 2021 in order to prevent mass gatherings that could trigger the spread of COVID-19.

“In order to avoid mass gatherings during Undas and thereby complement the efforts exerted to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, prevent the spread of virus transmission and maximize the gains we have achieve thus far, the City of Mandaue deems it proper to adopt the guidelines set by the national IATF-MEID for Undas 2021 to avoid confusion and ensure uniformity in standards and guidelines across all local government units,” the EO reads.

To ensure strict compliance with mandatory public health safety standards and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the (EO) stated that the upcoming observance of All Saint’s Day, including All Soul’s Day, must be regulated.

The EO took effect on October 25, 2021, and shall remain in force until November 10, 2021. (By: April Therese Tan)

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