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Bawal walk in! San Juan to implement reservation system for visiting cemeteries

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Filipinos who wish to visit their deceased loved ones at San Juan City’s cemeteries would have to schedule their visit ahead of the ban from October 28 to November 4.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora has ordered a more organized process of visitation where the public can reserve slots from October 16 to 28 and November 5 to 15 to enter the cemetery and columbaries in Santuario del Santo Cristo and St. John the Baptist Parish (Pinaglabanan Church).

Reservations for San Juan City Cemetery can be done online (www.picktime.com/sanjuancityundas2020) and call or text at 7728-9818 or 0915-1627152. All successful reservations will be given confirmation slips which they will present at the entrance of the cemetery.

Visitors will only be allowed to stay for two hours from 7-9AM, 9-11AM, 11AM-1PM, 1-3PM, 3-5PM, 5-7PM, 7-9PM, and 9-11PM. Each reservation will only allow up to two family members per slot. However, they will be allowed to reserve multiple time slots to give all family members ample time. Each batch will only accommodate 270 people or less than 30% of the cemetery’s capacity to ensure that physical distancing will be followed.

“Tantya namin na hindi ‘yan aabot ng 270, pero kinompyut namin ‘yan base sa capacity ng ating sementeryo. Kung meron namang mag-walk in dito, yung ating cemetery manager bibigyan natin ng instructions na iyan. Kung yung time slot ay hindi pa puno, pwede sila i-accommodate basta ‘wag silang lalagpas ng 270 persons,” Zamora said.

Aside from the scheduled visits, health and safety protocols are also being strictly enforced. Visitors must first undergo thermal scanning and sign a health declaration form before they are allowed to enter the facilities. Wearing of face masks and face shields will be strictly enforced.

There will also be one-way lanes and designated entrances and exits are put in place. Selling of food and refreshments, flowers, and candles are not allowed in the facilities so visitors are requested to bring their own food, flowers, candles, and other offerings.