In line with government's measures to encourage social distancing and arrest the spread of the coronavirus, Joburg City Parks and Zoo has put in place several conditions around burials and cremations.
City Parks and Zoo's Managing Director Bryne Maduka says funeral undertakers have been officially informed to observe all the listed measures and to communicate to the bereaved families.
The measures include:
- Funerals booking offices will be opened from (Monday – Friday) with skeleton officials.
- Burial & cremation bookings can be processed within a 24-hour notice period.
- Burials will be conducted daily in line with pre-booking processes.
- Re-open (re-use of graves) applications are subjected to a 48-hour notice period.
- All burial procession should have less than 50 people gathering at any given time.
- Cremations services are limited to less than 40 people at the chapel and will be undertaken on a daily basis.
- Funeral ushering services will be in place.
- TLBs will be made available to assist with grave closures during this period ONLY.
- Grave tracing processes has been put on hold during the lockdown period.
- The public is encouraged to adhere to all health and safety measures (e.g. hand sanitisers) that are in place and practice social distance during all funerals processes.