Cemeteries see surge in visitors as people maintain social distancing amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘We need to get outside'

April 8, 2020 by Kristyn Martin

As cemeteries across the nation close their gates due to the coronavirus pandemic, some urban graveyards remain open, even extending their hours, to accommodate a surge in visitors seeking exercise and nature during stay-at-home mandates.

“To be honest, I don’t think we would have ever taken the time to walk through that beautiful cemetery if our normal routines were not disrupted,” says Brittany Pitcher, who visited Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia recently with her husband and toddler son.