Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia recently issued an executive order to temporarily close cemeteries, memorial parks, and the like from October 30 to November 2 in Bacolod City to ensure public safety. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has also ordered the temporary closure of all cemeteries during the said days.
Both government authorities want to ensure the safety of the people and prevent the spread of the still rising cases of COVID-19 in the province and the city.
The governor also ordered comprising cities and municipalities in the province to impose his issued order and coordinate with their respective Disaster Risk Reduction Management government offices.  However, Negros Occidental police and security will start to patrol cemeteries starting October 25 to November 4. This is to ensure the safety of the public and to monitor strict compliance with safety protocols during All Saint’s Day. 
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Spokesperson Lt. Abegael Donasco said in a virtual press briefing that between October 30 and November 2, the police authorities will be on full alert status. Families and friends can pay their visit to their loved ones at earlier dates as long as they follow the restrictions and comply with health and safety protocols.
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