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Requirements for Funeral and Memorial Services--Effective May, 20 2020
Funeral and memorial service providers will be required to meet the same Healthy at Work Minimum Requirements as businesses.
In addition, funeral and memorial service providers must meet the requirements below in order to reopen and remain open. We have provided a synopsis of the reopening requirements for your review.
Visitations and Funerals are limited to 33% of your buildings occupancy capacity; excluding officiants, clergy, and staff, while maintaining social distance of six (6) feet for attendees. If you cannot maintain the six feet requirement, you must reduce your occupancy capacity until the six feet requirement can be obtained.
Seating should be arranged that allows for social distancing of at least six feet for all services. Continued use of live streaming social medial broadcasts are encouraged as are the continued use of drive by visitations and drive in funerals.
Attendees at outdoor services must maintain the six feet of social distance, if they are not of the same household. Attendees are, however, encouraged to stay in their vehicles.
Encourage funeral home staff, clergy and attendees to wear face coverings while attending services.
You should consider taking attendees’ temperatures and you should not allow individuals with elevated temperatures or signs of illness to attend in-person services. Assure that restrooms are used by one person at a time and all frequently touched surfaces throughout the facility are properly cleaned and are disinfected. (e.g. door knobs and handles) The facility will maintain a written disinfection plan that follows CDC guidelines.
Must provide hand sanitizer, handwashing facilities, tissues and waste basket in convenient locations to the greatest extent possible. Restrict the use of all common areas (i.e. foyers, lobbies, vending areas and community/multi-purpose rooms) if possible and should not provide communal food or beverages. Encourage no handshaking, handholding and hugging and continue to post Health Department COVID safety signs.
Encourage staff and pallbearers to take precautions to stay safe while they are in close proximity.
The rules for reopening businesses, including funeral homes, can be found on Kentucky’s COVID-19 website https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19 under “Healthy at Work” https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work Please review this information periodically as it is subject to change. FDAK will inform you if and when the guidelines do change.
We are available in our office with limited hours to answer any questions you may have or to address any concerns you have, as always our Funeral Directors and Embalmers on call 24/7 to serve our community.
You may contact us at (606) 573-3757
Your patience and understanding are most appreciated during this time.
John W. Jones, President