We are committed to giving you the knowledge, information and resources to best guide you though this pandemic, COVID-19. We are constantly researching and reviewing information and we will bring you what we know, when we know. So we have created this page to help you charter through COVID-19. Our hope is that this will be your first search when looking for information regarding funeral, safety, procedures all pertaining to this pandemic we are facing. We hope that if you get information that relates to COVID-19 that is not on here, please email Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATED: April 3, 2020
Federal & State Guidelines
These websites are updated frequently, we advise that you check back often as things change daily.
NYS Bureau of Funeral Directing Guidance
Visit NFDA for updates on COVID-19
NYSFDA Webinar on COVID-19
DIvision of Cemeteries Updated March 27, 2020
Visit NYSFDA for updates on COVID-19
CDC Guidance on Funeral's and those who die from COVID-19:
Guidance Regarding Large Gatherings:
- The White House has recommends gatherings of less than 10 over the next 15 days. EXTENDED to April 30, 2020
- CDC guidlines state gatherings of less than 50 people for the next 8 weeks. Effective 3/15/2020
- NYS has mandated that gatherings of 50 or more are not permitted. Effective 3/16/2020:
CDC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Recommendations
OSHA guidance for workplace safety, specific to the funeral services industry
CDC Guidance on how to embalm a decedent suspected to have died of COVID-19
These documents and websites are updated frequently, we advise that you check back often as things change daily.
Suffolk County Medical Examiner (UPDATED 4/3/2020)
- COVID-19 guidelines NSFDA 04-03-20.doc.pdf UPDATED April 3, 2020
- SCME will only be releasing decedents between 8am-3:30pm, 7 days a week. If you use a trade service please forward this information to them.
Pinelawn Memorial Park Guidelines
Diocese of Rockville Center Guidance for Funeral Masses
St. Charles/Resurrection/St. John's Catholic Cemeteries Guidance for Interments
Long Island Cremation Co. Guidance
National Cemetery Guidance (UPDATED 3/30/2020)
- COVID-19 Update 3-24-20.pdf
- Beginning March 24, 2020, the following guidelines apply. We can accommodate only direct interments and are not accepting any floral pieces. Committal services, family views or ceremonial gatherings of any size are temporarily suspended. The Presidential Memorial Certificates that are normally presented at committal services will be mailed directly to the Next of Kin.
- Calverton is no longer accepting cremated remains - those will need to be scheduled for a later date.
- Additionally, CASKET BURIALS will be limited to 15 per day - no exceptions
- Effective March 30, 2020 - Family members may bring up to two floral arrangements after 4:30 on the day of the burial or any day following the day of interment.
Catholic Cemeteries of Long Island (UPDATED 4/1/2020)
Guidance Regarding Local Municipalities:
Most are closed to the public. Some are open for appointment only. It is recommended that Death Certificate Requests should be via mail. For all questions, please contact the Clerk's Office. Keep in mind, they are on limited staff or working remotely.
Town of Brookhaven Guidance
- 2020-03-17 Press Release TOB Clerk-s Office Closed to the Public.pdf
- To file a paper certificate during business hours: Updated 3/21/2020
- To file a paper certificate after business hours: Updated 3/21/2020
Town Of Babylon Guidance
Town of Islip Guidance
Town of Huntington Guidance
Town of North Hempstead Guidance
Town of Oyster Bay
- Closed, mail in request for D/C
Town of Riverhead
Town of Hempstead
Town of Smithtown
- Clerk's Office is Open but stopped in lobby and paperwork is taken by staff to clerks office for processing
Village of Port Jefferson