The Quezon City government warned it will impose sanctions against barangay officials and funeral parlors that allow wakes to be held at home, which could cause mass gatherings and possible spread of COVID-19.
Barangay Community Relations Department head Ricky Corpuz said they received reports some barangays permitted funeral parlors to conduct wakes inside homes.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said barangay officials and funeral homes will pay fines or face imprisonment if they violate an ordinance which bans organizing wakes at home.
Belmonte added, “What we are trying to avoid is crowded wakes where a potential surge can occur. While we understand that we should accord grieving families the right to pay their last respects, the virus is still there to wreak havoc and could ruin even our Christmas celebration. If we can limit the wake to the immediate family and in a controlled environment, then we can avert the spread of the virus.”