St. Raymond's Cemetery holds temporary visiting hours as COVID-19 deaths drop
St. Raymond's Cemetery will be holding temporary visiting hours Sunday as COVID-19 deaths continue to drop in New York City.
Employees say with the number of COVID-19 deaths dropping, there is less demand for burials. They say workers have some relief in what has been a chaotic and sad time, and this has allowed them to reopen to visitors.
The cemetery will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing from other visitors at all times. The cemetery's bathrooms will be closed as well as their offices, so visitors must know where their loved one is buried before heading there.
Staff members are also asking friends and families to only spend 20 to 30 minutes at their loved ones' grave. Visitors are allowed to bring fresh flowers, potted plants or artificial plants, but employees are asking visitors to refrain from leaving food, balloons and personal memorabilia.
Once visitation is over, the staff says they will continue burial operations while the grounds remain closed.
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