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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Funeral guidance

The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Protections Needed


  • Encourage attendees to bring and use masks.
  • Require attendees to wear masks when on site.
  • Food and beverages may not be offered indoors.


  • Screen all attendees for symptoms before the service and ask them not to attend if they have cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • It is not necessary to conduct on site temperature measurement. If you measure temperatures, use a no-touch thermometer, and do not allow anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher to remain onsite.
  • If an attendee begins to feel unwell during the service, they must leave immediately. If they are a member of a household group at the service, the household group must also leave.
  • If an attendee is found to have COVID-19 infection within 14 days after the service, contact PDPH at (215) 685-5488 to report the potential exposure of other attendees.
  • Keep a record of all attendees including their contact information for 14 days after the service and share this information with public health authorities in the event that a COVID-19 case is detected.


  • Ensure adequate spacing within the venue that provides at least 6 feet of distance between attendees.
    • For venues with seating arrangements in rows, maintain at least two empty seats (or 6 feet of separation) between groups in any row.
    • For venues with alternate seating arrangements, configure chairs and tables so that guests are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Use signage to encourage household groups to space themselves at least 6 feet from others.
  • Use floor decals or other visual cues to encourage spacing of at least 6 feet between attendees.
  • Officiant should stand at least 10 feet from attendees during service; rope off seats as necessary to achieve this.
  • Encourage attendees to express support and greet each other from at least 6 feet apart rather than by hugging or shaking hands.
  • Suspend limousine and valet parking services by funeral home employees

Reduce crowds

  • Indoor events and gatherings are limited to 15% of maximum occupancy regardless of venue size. Outdoor events and gatherings are limited to 20% of maximum occupancy.
  • No food may be served at indoor funerals.
  • Food may be served at outdoor funerals if there are no more than 100 persons present.
  • Offer a virtual option to maintain a smaller group of attendees.
  • If condolence calls or home services (e.g., shiva) are conducted, gather outdoors only and follow gathering size rules.


  • Place handwashing stations or hand sanitizer at entry and outside communal bathrooms with prominent signage promoting use.
  • Encourage frequent handwashing.


  • Wipe down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant at least every 4 hours. See CDC guidance for details.


  • If the ceremony has activities indoors, increase ventilation in the building, if possible, by either:
    • Opening windows and/or doors on opposite sides of the venue hall and using fans to blow outside air through the hall OR
    • Optimizing ventilation provided by the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system by:
      • Having the HVAC system checked to assure that it is working properly. If it can be adjusted, the system should be set to provide at least 6 air exchanges per hour.
      • Maximizing the amount of outside air circulated by the system.
      • Installing filters with minimum efficiency reporting values (MERV) of 13, or the highest compatible with the filter rack. It is not necessary to use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters or ultraviolet light irradiation systems.
      • Checking that the external air inlet duct is not blocked and that it is at least 15 feet from people.


  • Educate attendees in advance about symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.
  • Encourage attendees to download and turn on the COVID Alert PA App to help with contact tracing.
  • Ask attendees who are sick or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days to stay home and follow CDC quarantine guidelines. If you do not have any symptoms, you may end your quarantine period after:
    • Day 10 without testing OR,
    • Day 7 after receiving a negative test result (lab-based or rapid) after day 5.
  • Persons who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19 if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • They are fully vaccinated, and it’s been at least 2 weeks after the last dose in the vaccine series;
    • They are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND,
    • They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
  • Vaccination is not 100% effective.
    • Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
    • Anyone who is positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to CDC guidelines.
    • After vaccination you must still wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid crowds.
  • Post prominent signs at entrances and other frequented areas:
    • Mandating that all attendees wear masks.
    • Mandating physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
    • Encouraging people to cover coughs or sneezes.

See also:

  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • Call (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional on the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.