Manila orders closure of cemeteries on Oct 31-Nov 3

The crowd at the Manila North Cemetery during All Saints’ Day in 2017. — PHILSTAR/EDD GUMBAN

CEMETERIES IN Manila, both public and private, will not be open on October 31 to November 3, the Philippine’s traditional period for visiting the departed at their resting place.

Manila Mayor Francisco M. Domagoso announced on Tuesday that he has ordered the four-day closure to avoid crowding while the coronavirus remains a serious threat.

In a post on his official Twitter account in Filipino, Mr. Domagoso said he issued the directive now to give ample notice and allow people to schedule their visit on other dates.

He also apologized should his decision offend people, but explained that this is for everyone’s safety.

November 1 and 2 are national holidays in the country in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, respectively, and people usually flock to the cemeteries on these days.

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