MANILA – Funeral services in Metro Manila, as well as the provinces of Laguna and Bataan, are still allowed during the imposition of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacañang said Friday.
This was after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decided to focus on “targeted restrictions, limited non-essential activities, and re-calibrated actions on specific high-risk activities” in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
“Necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals, meanwhile, shall be allowed,” Roque, who concurrently serves as IATF-EID spokesperson, said in a press statement.
He said immediate family members of the deceased who died of causes other than the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) can attend the wake or interment, so long as they present “satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased.”
Attendees, Roque said, should also comply with the minimum public health standards.
After being placed under the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to downgrade the quarantine status in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan to MECQ, the second-highest quarantine level.
Metro Manila and Laguna will be placed under MECQ from August 21 to 31 while Bataan will be put under MECQ from August 23 to 31.
Religious services in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan should also be done virtually, he said.
Roque said workers could also resume limited onsite operations during the imposition of MECQ.
He, however, said localized or granular lockdowns could still be implemented in “critical” areas where there is a spike in Covid-19 infections.
Indoor and al-fresco dine-in services, as well as personal care services, such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas, are still prohibited. (PNA)