On March 4, 2021 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 (advised not to exceed 6 individuals) can be visited by no more than 6 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. After a private visitation exceeding no more than 50 people in total, additional separate visitations with the deceased may be scheduled, without the immediate family or others present, up to six people at a time, for individuals unable to be accommodated within the group of 50 for the visitation.
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 provided the Organized Gatherings Guidance is followed. No multiples of 50 are permitted for funeral services.
7. Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Prince Edward Island, including funeral homes.
8. Public visitation and receptions 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.
14. Of course, the Public Health rules for wearing of masks, sanitizing hands and social distancing apply in all situations.
15. For more information, please visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/pei-covid-19-alert-level-red-measures-modifications-march-2021