COVID-19 UPDATE: EFFECTIVE November 19, 2020
Funeral Services with 80 people
Or up to Half Capacity
As of November 19, 2020, Due to the increase of cases and deaths in Arkansas we have gone back to 50% Capacity.
This ruling holds for all indoor services, whether at a funeral home chapel or a place of worship.
Graveside services, do not have a strict numerical limit, but 6-foot distances should be maintained between all groups, if this can not done, Masks or other facial covering should be worn.
Funeral homes must create a record of all attendees of each funeral service and keep a copy of said record for 30 days following the service. It will be made available to the Arkansas Department of Health upon request.
Personal Protective Equipment
Face masks are required for ALL attending. (10 years old and up)
Anyone passing or receiving any items (microphones, certificates or mementos) will wear gloves.
No physical contact will be permitted between mourners and the decedent, when it is suspected or confirmed that the decedent was positive for Covid-19 at the time of death.
While permitted to sit in family groups, all individuals present will be required to sit 6-feet apart from other family groups. In addition, a 12-foot distance will be maintained between those leading the service and the congregation.
Members of the public who are part of the service, including but not limited to those reading eulogies,
will maintain 6-foot distances from other members of the public and 12-foot distances from funeral home staff.
Guests will be asked to maintain social distancing from the family when offering their condolences.
All rules for the funeral service also apply to the visitations.
Consequently, funeral homes should keep visitations limited to the smallest gathering of family members possible.
Refusing or Advising Persons Against Entry
Signs will be posted at all entrances advising the public not to enter if
They have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
They have had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
Advising the public that they may wish to refrain from entering if they are 65 years of age or older
They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity
Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home