Update: Directives from Chief Public Health Office

On May 12, 2020 PEI Funeral Services and Professions Board received updated orders from the Chief Public Health Office regarding funerals, visitation and related services.

Some of the pertinent points are:

  1. The number of family members making visitation/funeral/memorial arrangements is limited to no more than 5 persons;
  2. Visiting hours are restricted to the immediate household and no more than 5 persons from other households (not counting funeral home staff);
  3. Staggering visitation is permitted. Enhanced cleaning and physical distancing must be followed;
  4. In-person signing of the guest book and taking memorials/donations is not permitted. Instead, online mechanisms for people to offer condolences and give memorials/donations are to be used;
  5. Funeral and/or memorial services must be postponed to avoid mass gatherings and ensure physical distancing;
  6. All public receptions are to be cancelled and must not be hosted;
  7. Space at the funeral home must be set up so as to accommodate appropriate physical distancing of 2-metres or 6 feet from all individuals, at all times;
  8. At the funeral home, shaking hands, hugging, etc. is not permitted;
  9. At cemeteries, gatherings are limited to immediate household members and no more than 10 people (this includes funeral home staff);
  10. At cemeteries shaking hands, hugging, etc. is not permitted;
  11. At cemeteries, physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet between individuals and/or households must be practised.

These orders may be updated and changed as the situation changes