ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has ordered the closure of all public and private cemeteries in the city from October 30 to Nov. 2, 2020 to avoid mass gatherings during the observance of “Undas” or All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day.
In Executive Order No. 19, Series of 2020 which he signed on Thursday, Lazatin said preventing mass gatherings and imposition of safe physical distancing are among the measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“While the city government respects the Filipino tradition of remembering our departed loved ones, the mass gatherings of people on these dates pose dangers to spread the disease due to lack of social distancing,” the order said.
Instead, the mayor urged Angeleños to consider alternative dates to visit the cemetery and honor their departed loved ones.
He also appealed to his constituents to just pray and light candles for the dead in their respective homes.
As of Wednesday, there was a total of 12,076 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the city, of which 695 were active infections.
The total number of those who have recovered is 10,896 while the death toll is 485. (PNA)