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Hundreds of grave-sweepers flock to cemeteries after social distancing rules were relaxed

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Hong Kong is not only seeing ‘revenge-style’ spending, but grave-sweeping in the first weekend after social distancing measures are relaxed.

This year’s Ching Ming Festival saw fewer tomb sweepers as a two-person gathering ban remained in place. As the ban was lifted last Thursday, grave-sweepers flocked to cemeteries and columbariums across the city.

At the Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in Tseung Kwan O, the stream of people coming to pay their respects to their ancestors saw nothing less than the Ching Ming Festival.

A citizen said that since the Covid-19 epidemic situation is still serious in Ching Ming, plus the current collection cap, he did not go to sweeping at that time.

Hundreds of citizens were seen queuing for taxis near a shopping mall in Yau Tong, with paper clothes, flowers and roast meat. Some said they had to wait around 30-40 taxis to get on.

The Tsuen Wan Chinese Permanent Cemetery saw families come with incense and candles early in the morning, some of whom split into several groups.

As restaurants were allowed to seat up to four people per table, some went to lunch with loved ones in nearby malls after sweeping graves.