City announces new guidelines on Cemeteries and Crematoria in response to COVID19

The City of Johannesburg has announced new guidelines on burials and cremations in response to the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Community Development, Ms. Margeret Arnolds announced the measures this morning.

“In the light of the 21-day lockdown period, the following temporary measures have been put in place to comply with the regulations that have been gazetted by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)” said MMC Arnolds. These are intended to enforce the required measure as they relate to social distancing, limits in movement and public gatherings.

The following measures have been put in place and are in effect immediately as of the issuance of this statement:  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 to reduce weekend congestions. 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 with the emphasis being on fewer if possible. 

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. 

TLB’s will be made available to assist with grave closures during this period ONLY.  Grave tracing processes will be halted during the lockdown period. The public is encouraged to adhere to all health and safety measures that are in place and practice social distance during all funerals processes.

“As a City we are taking these drastic measures to ensure compliance with the National State of Disaster declared and to assist our residents bury their loved ones in dignity whilst also protecting themselves and those around them from infection. We plead with bereaved families to take caution and to adhere to these guidelines” concluded MMC Arnolds.

For Media Enquiries Nthatisi Modingoane Deputy Director:

Media Relations City of Johannesburg Tel: 011 407 7354 Cell: 082 467 9228 Email: nthatisem@joburg.org.za

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