His colleague, Uson, said they apologize to the families for the restrictions and try to lighten the atmosphere with stories and smiles.
Relatives understand the extraordinary nature of the pandemic, and accept that they won’t ever see their loved one’s faces again, he said.
As well as the tough work of consoling relatives, the crematory workers also live with the fear of getting sick themselves.
Local authorities have urged them to take the hottest baths they can stand after work and to take vitamins and ginseng, which they claim can boost their immune systems.
Elevaso follows that advice and also scrubs his body with rubbing alcohol before returning to his family after every shift.
“For us, taking vitamins and saying prayers are important,” he said.