The corporation will close access to five of its indoor memorials and mausoleums between February 6 and 14 in a bid to deter visitors and minimize contact. A total of 80,000 people visited deceased ancestors and loved ones housed at the city’s 15 memorial facilities during Seollal last year.
Furthermore, it released stringent social distancing guidelines that prohibit five or more people from visiting memorials and mausoleums, suspend free shuttle buses, close down ceremonial rooms and rest areas, turn off or uninstall heaters, and restrict partaking of food.
The corporation will offer online viewing of their family members’ memorials so that they can hold ceremonies at home to honor their loved ones. They can visit the corporation’s website at www.sisul.or.kr/memorial/ to search for their loved ones and upload images of their memorials and pictures of ceremonies to honor them.
“We have to unavoidably close down memorials and discourage the public from visiting the facilities to ensure their health and safety during the holidays,” said Cho Sung-il, Chairman of the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation. “We will continue to make every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”