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Funeral Services

Prevention and the environment

  • Workers in the cemetery and transporting dead bodies must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Walking with the funeral and entering the cemetery is restricted to the family of the deceased, and the number should not be exceeded 20 people for each funeral.
  • Cemetery employees must wear masks at all times.
  • Attendees must wear masks at all times.
  • Cemetery doors must be disinfected before and after the deceased is buried.
  • The tools used for digging and burial must be disinfected before and after the deceased is buried.
  • People in charge of the excavation, carrying the deceased, and those responsible for the burial process must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 40 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, hands must be periodically disinfected for a period of no less than 20 seconds with an approved disinfectant that contains at least 60-80% of alcohol.

Social distancing

  • Crowded must be avoided at the funeral.
  • The number of people responsible for digging should be reduced to two.
  • The number of those responsible for carrying the deceased and the burial process should be reduced to the lowest possible number. Prevent crowding at the grave for those not responsible for the burial process, so that from 4 to 8 people are assigned to the process of carrying the funeral bier, and they must be of one family. Assign 2 to 4 people to the process of placing the deceased in the grave and the burial process.
  • Sharing of excavation and burial equipment between the people responsible for the excavation and burial process should be prohibited.
  • Social distancing between attendees must be maintained for a distance of at least one and a half meters.
  • Allocate mosques for the funeral prayer, with the following requirements:
  1. The mosque should have several doors and all doors must be opened in case there is a funeral prayer.
  2. Allocate one door for transporting the deceased and only the dead family can participate in carrying the funeral from that door.
  3. Allocate a line inside the mosque to receive condolence and placed a barrier between the deceased family and the mourners to ensure a social distance of two meters.
  4. Allocate more than one supervisor in the mosque to ensure the implementation of the procedures and to avoid violating them.
  5. The funeral prayer must be outside the obligatory prayer times, either before the obligatory prayer or after it, by at least an hour.
  • Workers in the cemetery and transporting dead bodies must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Walking with the funeral and entering the cemetery is restricted to the family of the deceased, and the number should not be exceeded 20 people for each funeral.
  • Shaking hands and touching relatives of the deceased should be prohibited when offering condolences.
  • If there is more than one funeral, the burial times must be distributed to ensure that there is no crowding or conflict. Allocate a specific time for each funeral and prevent two corpses from being buried simultaneously and in case that is hard to do separate the funerals that hold at the same time for a distance of 100 meters between the mourners.

Monitoring symptoms

  • Cemetery employees and the Mohtasibeen (volunteers) should disclose when they experience respiratory symptoms or fever, and avoid attending the funeral.

Awareness

  • Distribute awareness posters at the cemetery gate. It is preferable to include the following:
  1. Methods of disease transmission and prevention.
  2. Raising awareness of washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth before washing hands, and urging attention to personal and health care.
  3. Following the etiquette of sneezing and coughing (use a tissue and dispose of it as soon as possible, use the elbow by bending the arm).
  • The relatives of the deceased must be educated about procedures that will be followed, including limiting attendance to 20 people, and the need to identify them before attending.
  • Relatives of the deceased must educate the community not to come to the cemetery, and that attendance is limited to 50 relatives of the deceased only, by sending text messages or using any communication application.

Implementation

  • The authority in charge of the cemetery should place a monitoring mechanism to ensure the implementation of the protocols.
  • The cemetery administration must not open two or more graves in the cemetery at the same time.
  • It is preferable to have supervisors from the municipality to ensure that health requirements are not violated in the cemeteries.
  • It is preferable to have security personnel to prevent crowding and to prevent people exceeding 50 individuals.
  • If there are employees in the cemetery, it is preferable that they supervise the process of organizing prayer, and preventing large numbers from entering the cemetery.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection