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        Metro Manila mayors shorten curfew hours, set limited cemetery access

        The downtrend in COVID-19 cases is a major factor
        by Aris Ilagan Oct 12, 2021
        PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

        Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairman Benhur Abalos has announced shortened curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4 am in the National Capital Region (NCR), following the continuing downtrend of active cases of COVID-19.

        According to Abalos, the adjustment of curfew—previously set from 10 pm to 4 am—was unanimously approved by the 17 mayors of Metro Manila after making an assessment from reports by the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies of the government on the current status of coronavirus infections.

        “Everything is going down. The number of COVID-19 cases is declining, as well as the reproduction rate, according to DOH data and OCTA Research,” said Abalos. “In light of the recent developments, particularly the steady increase of active cases, the curfew hours being presently implemented in the NCR under Alert Level has to be adjusted.”

        The shortened curfew hours will take effect tomorrow, October 13, 2021.

        The MMC also agreed on a resolution asking local government units to pass an ordinance that would restrict public access to private or public cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria for five days starting October 29, 2021.

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        The move was aimed at preventing mass gatherings and the spread of the coronavirus, while the entire nation observes All Souls Day and All Saints Day. Last year, cemeteries were closed to the public due to the pandemic.

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        According to Resolution No. 21-22 Series of 2021 issued by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA): “As the conduct of wakes, necrological services, funerals, interment, cremation, and inurnment during this five-day period (October 29 to November 2), the prescribed guidelines by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases shall govern.”

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