Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday issued an executive order for the temporary closure of all public cemeteries, private memorial parks, and columbaries in the province from Oct.30 until Nov. 2 this year.
Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, Lacson said there is a compelling reason to regulate the operation of all memorial parks, cemeteries and columbaries in the province to avoid mass gatherings and prevent the outbreak of the virus.
He also ordered all component cities and municipalities to comply with the EO through their respective disaster risk reduction and management offices and traffic management authorities with the assistance of the Philippine National Police and their force multipliers.
Memorial parks and public and private cemeteries in Negros Occidental were also ordered closed on the same dates last year by Lacson.
Cemetery and memorial park goers are advised to pay respect to their departed loved ones before Oct. 30 and after Nov. 2.
The Department of Health –Western Visayas Center for Health Development reported today that Negros Occidental has 128 additional COVID-19 cases and 152 more for Bacolod City.
As of Oct. 15, Negros Occidental has a total of 5,014 active cases, with 1,960 in highly urbanized Bacolod City. — GB