Residents urged to adhere to Covid-19 funeral regulations

The City of Cape Town has expressed concern over residents who are disregarding national regulations which have been put in place around burials during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the lockdown, only 50 people are allowed to attend a funeral.

The regulations are meant to limit the risk of exposure to the virus which has claimed 2 456 lives countrywide.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Dr Zahid Badroodien, said there have been numerous instances where funeral regulations are not being adhered to.

“Non-compliance with funeral and burial regulations is a major concern. There have been numerous instances of transmission surges arising from funeral services, so the size of the gathering and the ability to maintain social distancing are important in that sense. The timing of funeral services is also an issue.”

Dr Badroodien urged the public to respect the regulations and stick to their allocated times and number of attendees, to minimise the risk of transmission.

Saturday remains the preferred day for burials, according to the City.