TIJUANA (Border Report) — Most cemeteries in Tijuana have been closed since the pandemic began, but now there’s word they will reopen for Day of the Dead celebrations, scheduled for Nov. 1-2.
“We’re ready to open,” said Enrique Bautista Corona, head of Tijuana’s Public Services. “People have to realize there will be limited space and we will follow every directive from the Secretary of Health in Baja California.”
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional holiday involving families and friends who gather at grave sites to pray for loved ones who have died and to support their spiritual journey.
According to Bautista, it’s looking like all 13 municipal cemeteries in Tijuana will reopen by next month.
“Beaches, parks and other places have reopened, so this is very likely,” Bautista said.
He said over the last six months, they’ve been cleaning and maintaining all the city-operated graveyards.
“We will only allow for 50% capacity especially in the most visited facilities,” he added.
Bautista is also reminding people facemasks will be mandatory and people walking into the cemeteries will have to undergo a temperature reading with hand sanitizer being handed out.
“We’re asking families to limit the number of visitors, no children and to keep visits short so others can come in,” Bautista said. “People are also encouraged to visit on multiple days, but with short stays.”