Nine provinces, including Central China's Hubei province, have suspended on-site commemorative activities during the three-day holiday from Saturday to Monday, according to Fan.
She said that some provinces and cities require people to follow strict reservation rules for tomb sweeping.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs encourages people to mourn their ancestors and deceased family members in more civil and eco-friendly ways, such as organizing commemorative activities at home or online.
Some civil affairs departments have opened online platforms for commemoration.
Staff members at funeral parlors also offer charity services, for example, helping deliver flowers and send condolences, to reduce risks of infection due to mass gatherings.
The control measures may bring inconvenience to the public but we believe that cherishing the health of living people is the best consolation to the deceased.