On May 30, 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. Visitation is restricted to a gathering of no more than 15 persons at one time (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 may occur but must follow gathering limitations outlined in #2 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 at least 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 no more than 20 people (not counting 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.