Day of the Dead: restrictions on Salvadoran cemeteries due to COVID-19

La Bermeja Cemetery in San Salvador, place where there were burials with COVID-19 protocol. Photo: Courtesy of the Mayor's Office of San Salvador.
By Luis Alberto López

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only claimed nearly a thousand deaths and infected nearly 33 thousand people in El Salvador, It has also forced the authorities to restrict access to municipal and private cemeteries on the traditional Day of the Dead..

Relatives of victims of the new coronavirus did not have the opportunity to be in the best conditions during the burial to say goodbye to their loved ones, due to restrictions imposed on municipal and private cemeteries.

The duel is not over, It is 2 November Day of the Dead will be the first time, partially, hundreds of Salvadorans may come to cool down in the place where they were buried with the COVID-19 protocol.

Municipal authorities have imposed restriction measures to enter the holy fields. Photo: Courtesy of the Mayor's Office of San Salvador.

Municipal authorities have imposed restriction measures to enter the holy fields, in order to avoid more infections by COVID-19, since the virus continued in the environment.

Three people per family will be admitted, Children and senior citizens will not be allowed to enter due to their degree of vulnerability, a maximum of 45 minutes inside the cemetery, You should not bring food and the mask will be mandatory, among other provisions that must be met.

The 2 November is a paid holiday and falls on Monday, therefore the municipal authorities will open the facilities from Saturday 30 October so that families can arrive gradually over the three days.

The entry of children and seniors will not be allowed due to their degree of vulnerability. Photo: Courtesy of the Mayor's Office of San Salvador.

Definitely, it will be an emotionally difficult reunion for relatives of victims of the worst pandemic of the century 21, and that is not over yet.