Catholic Cemeteries of Long Island wanted to provide families with an update on steps and changes instituted at our cemeteries due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. 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.

All of the below steps will remain in effect until further notice.   At this time, there are no changes in visitation hours at any of our burial sites or mausoleums, or to our cemetery rules and regulations as they relate to visits.  Cemetery gates will remain open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily, with mausoleum buildings closing at 4:30 PM.

To recap, as the crisis first started to unfold, we took certain steps within our control, including:

  • Increased hand washing emphasis and greater presence of hand sanitizing dispensers at our facilities;
  • Increased cleaning of our facilities;
  • Implementation of “Social distancing”, which has included spreading people out across our facilities, emphasizing that employees who feel ill stay at home, and introducing limited work-at-home conditions;
  • Closing our front lobbies to visitors and requesting that funeral directors call us upon arrival;
  • Cancelling Masses and our Stations of the Cross events;
  • Prohibiting committals in our chapels and inside mausoleums.  Committals for mausoleum entombments to take place outside the mausoleums (by entranceways);
  • Limitations on gravesite committals and attendees;
  • Witnessing the casket being lowered or being placed into a crypt by families/guests was suspended; Funeral Directors are still required to be present.
  • Suspension of family arranged Cremation Inurnments until further notice.  Funeral Director arranged Cremation Burials continue to be permitted;
  • Limiting sales of plots, crypts, and niches to at-need purchases. Appointments were required for all sales; families with appointments call the office when they arrive, and a staff member meets them at the front door.

As of April 1st, we are ramping up with further steps, including:

  • Directing that only immediate family members attend at the gravesite for a committal, with others viewing from their vehicles;
  • Directing that all committal attendees remain at least ten feet back from the cemetery staff before, during, and after the committal;
  • Providing additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to our field staff members and customer-facing office worker, while reinforcing all employees to follow all guidelines including social distancing and frequent hand washing;
  • Placing a moratorium on further monument, inscription, emblem, portrait, and vase requests.

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.

Updated April 3, 2020