Update 6: Directives from Chief Public Health Office

On December 18, 2020 the 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. For private visitations, the immediate family (not to exceed 10 individuals) cannot be visited by more than 10 people at a time, by invitation only, provided measures are in place to maintain physical distancing and prevent mingling.  (Who is considered immediate family is at the discretion of the family.)

2. Staggering visitation is permitted, but no more than 50 people in total over the span of the visitation, including the immediate family and people from other households.

3.  Visitations are to be scheduled in advance, to minimize people mixing.

4.  If there is a small number of family who did not fit within the initial 50, they may come in scheduled groups of a maximum of 10, but no other family is to be present. No family from the first group can remain for any other family groups outside of the initial 50.

5. 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.

6. Funeral and/or memorial services can occur.  “Organized gatherings of up to 50 persons are permitted to be held at an indoor or outdoor location” is the current guideline.

7.  Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Prince Edward Island, including funeral homes.

8. Public visitation and receptions are to be cancelled and must not be hosted.

9. 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.

10. At the funeral home, shaking hands, hugging, etc. is not permitted.

11. At cemeteries, the guidance “organized gatherings of up to 50 persons are permitted to be held at an indoor or outdoor location” is the current guideline.

12. At cemeteries shaking hands, hugging, etc. is not permitted.

13. At cemeteries, physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet between individuals and/or households must be practised.

To see the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) current funeral home guidance, please go to their website:

 https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/funeral-homes-guidance

These orders may be updated and changed as the situation changes.