The Madrid City Council will gradually limit the cremation of the deceased in its two crematoriums -the one in the Almudena cemetery and the South crematorium- due to the saturation of the facilities, which despite being active 24 hours are not sufficient, which has caused the incineration to be delayed between two and three days.
The municipal funeral, Servicios Funerarios de Madrid (SFM) will limit the cremations carried out by this company as well as those carried out at the request of other mortuary companies, according to Efe sources from the municipal government of José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
For this, families will be informed “even more of the possibility of burying”, always giving them all the options available to them, since the collapse is not taking place in the case of burials, which continue “attending almost daily , without delay “, as the same sources point out to Efe.
The objective is “not to collapse the facilities and not delay further the current incineration deadlines that are being managed”, which also affects the delay in delivering the ashes to the relatives.
The five hundred municipal funeral workers endure twice as much work as in one period of use. In the last two weeks they have provided more than 1,400 services, including cremations, burials and transfers and transits. A daily measure of one hundred services, while “the daily average of services in a fortnight of previous years is just over 50 services.”
Starting today, the municipal funeral home will not collect the mortal remains of those who died from the coronavirus, because it does not have enough personal protective equipment – gloves, gowns or masks – to guarantee the safety of its workers, materials that the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has repeatedly claimed the Pedro Sánchez government.
In addition, the Ice Palace in the city of Madrid, a 1,800-square-meter rink, has been converted since Monday into a morgue, given the lack of facilities that allow the deposition of the deceased due to the delay in their transfer to cemeteries and crematoriums.