Coronavirus task force allows visits to cemeteries

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2020 01:34 PM

Visitors take photos at the hemicycle, wherein the names of the fallen American and Filipino soldiers are engraved at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA-- The government's inter-agency task force (IATF) on pandemic response has allowed visits to cemeteries, Malacañang said Friday.

Group visits to cemeteries should be limited to 10 people with the observance of minimum health standards such as physical distancing and wearing of face masks, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Nagdagdag din ng bagong provision ang IATF kung saan pinayagan ang pagdalaw sa open memorial park at sementeryo pero hindi dapat ito lumagpas ng 10 bawat grupo," Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

(The IATF is now allowing visits to open memorial parks and cemeteries but these should be limited to 10 people per group.)

Roque added that the IATF leaves it to the management of cemeteries and memorial parks to decide on the number of people allowed to visit a cemetery or memorial park at a given time.

It was only this month that the Philippines largely eased lockdown measures, allowing for more movement to spur economic activity again.