Catholic Cemeteries of Long Island takes the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak very seriously. The health and safety of the families that visit our cemeteries and our staff are of the utmost importance to Catholic Cemeteries of Long Island. We are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure we are following all guidelines issued by the CDC and local government to ensure the safest environment possible. Catholic Cemeteries of Long Island has taken the following steps thus far:
Frequent hand-washing for all staff members is emphasized.
Hand sanitizer is available in all offices for visiting family members and staff members.
Counter areas and door handles are being wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes/spray several times during the day
Staff members who display symptoms are being asked to stay home.
“Social distancing” – defined as parties seeking to be 6 feet apart – whenever possible is being enacted when interacting with co-workers, families and funeral directors.
Based on the recent CDC guidelines regarding events involving 50 or more people, we have cancelled the following events:
Masses scheduled at our cemeteries through the month of April.
Stations of the Cross scheduled at Cemetery of the Holy Rood for Good Friday, April 10
Effective Thursday, March 19, the following additional changes will be in place across our network through Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020:
All Cemetery offices will be closed to the General Public; no access permitted.
Sales for plots, crypts, and niches will be by appointment only. Families with appointments should call the office when they arrive, and a staff member will meet them at the front door.
Burials / Entombments / Inurnments
The use of our chapels for committals has been suspended.
Committals will not be permitted inside the mausoleums. These committals will need to take place outside the mausoleums (by entranceways).
We expect that our families and funeral directors entering our locations will join us in adhering to all applicable CDC/Federal/State/County and local Government recommendations.
Any further Family arranged Cremation Inurnments beyond those already scheduled will be suspended. Funeral Director arranged Cremation Burials will continue to be permitted.
Witnessing the casket being lowered or being placed into a crypt by families/guests will be suspended; Funeral Directors will still be required to be present.
Visitations to Cemeteries
No changes in visitation hours at any of our burial sites or mausoleums, or our cemetery rules and regulations as they relate to visits, at this time.
Please refer to the website for additional updates. For assistance or additional information, please call the cemetery office. Thank you for your understanding as we all try to navigate through this difficult time as safely as possible.