China: Cemetery offers substitute services during tomb-sweeping festival due to coronavirus

5 апреля 2020 г. 14:20

The Ba Baoshan People's Cemetery in Beijing is offering both online and on-site services for those honouring their deceased loved ones during China's traditional Tomb-Sweeping Festival. Footage taken from the cemetery shows workers in protective equipment clearing tombs, leaving tributes, and bowing to honour them in place of personal relatives. Deputy Director of Ba Baoshan People's cemetery Meny Xiankai explained that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the cemetery is only allowing a maximum of 3,300 people per day, while the total number of visitors per day last year was between 20,000 and 50,000. Those wishing to honour their loved ones can book substitute appointments via phone call, online, or register at the cemetery. While life is coming back to normal in China after prolonged shutdowns, these moves by cemeteries aim to reduce the number of large crowds as a continued precaution against any further outbreaks or coronavirus. The annual Tomb-Sweeping Day, also known as the Qingming Festival, is a time for people to visit their passed loved ones and scrub their tombstones, which normally draws thousands of visitors to cemeteries each year.

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