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City appeals for adherence to COVID-19 funeral regulations<p>​The City of Cape Town is concerned that some members of the public are disregarding national regulations put in place around burials during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p><p>The regulations are meant to limit the risk of exposure to the virus, not just in the handling of COVID-19 remains, but also in how funeral services and burials are meant to be conducted during this time.</p><p>While the limit on the number of persons attending funerals is set at 50, there have been numerous instances where this regulation is not being adhered to.</p><p>‘Non-compliance with funeral and burial regulations is a major concern. There have been numerous instances of transmission surges arising from funeral services, so the size of the gathering and the ability to maintain social distancing are important in that sense. The timing of funeral services is also an issue. We have had cases where funeral processions arrive late at the burial site, which causes delays and impacts on the number of burials that can be accommodated on that day.</p><p>‘Given the number of fatalities as a result of COVID-19, and the increasing demand on our cemeteries, we ask that the public please respect the regulations and stick to their allotted times and number of attendees, to minimise the risk of transmission, but also to ensure due consideration for others who have to use the cemeteries,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Statistics show that Saturday remains the preferred day for burials. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1058px;" /> </figure>​</span><p>However, more may need to be done to further ensure a more even spread of burials throughout the week in order for the City to continue providing dignified burial opportunities for all. </p><p>To this end, the City would like to advise the public that burial times may be allocated by booking offices as per the Regulatory guidelines of a COVID-19 deceased, needing to be buried within three days after death and a non-COVID deceased being buried or cremated within 10 days of the death. This recommendation is intended to avoid bottlenecks and assist mortuaries in releasing bodies as soon as possible.  </p><p>‘The statistics reflect that there is an increase in burials during the week and this is encouraging because it means that more people are heeding our call for weekday burials. The City thanks the families and undertakers who have responded to our call. Every little bit helps, and it is extremely important to reduce the pressure on our cemeteries brought about by Saturday burials. We understand that weekday burials are not the norm, but we are operating under very different circumstances and so we have to find new ways of doing things to ensure that we are able to offer everyone an opportunity to lay their loved ones to rest.</p><p>‘It is important to note that the City currently has sufficient capacity at its cemeteries – the key is ensuring that we are able to spread the demand across the week and not be limited to a single day. The City’s crematoria can handle up to 36 cremations per day if fully operational. Burial capacity is dependent more on transport and storage constraints, but the necessary expansions to available cemetery space have been undertaken to ensure that there is additional sufficient capacity for COVID-19 burials in addition to normal figures,’ added Councillor Badroodien.<br></p>2020-06-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8b73bd2a-b6e9-4044-ac4b-c7f08ae7626b;L0|#08b73bd2a-b6e9-4044-ac4b-c7f08ae7626b|burials;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#1862019e-8239-4730-a1cc-57832b5b81be;L0|#01862019e-8239-4730-a1cc-57832b5b81be|regulations;GP0|#6eb3cc57-d82f-4faf-bdcd-4ee1029ecc9e;L0|#06eb3cc57-d82f-4faf-bdcd-4ee1029ecc9e|health and safety;GP0|#51372db9-8158-4984-b5eb-52df2d871648;L0|#051372db9-8158-4984-b5eb-52df2d871648|Cremation1


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