NYSFDA's first and most important priority is the health and safety of our members, your staff and the families you serve, and the well-being of our employees. As we're dealing with COVID-19 (coronavirus), here is some helpful information.

Proactive health and hygiene practices are a must. Proper hand washing, minimal contact, respiratory etiquette and staying home when sick is important in reducing the spread of the virus. We encourage all funeral service professionals to follow Standard Precautions and use proper PPE when handling decedents.

Over the past several months NYSFDA has provided timely information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As New York State continues the phased reopening, we will continue to provide updates to our members via email and on this webpage. Please note, specific details on the following topics can be found within the members' only section of our website. We encourage NYSFDA members to log in at the top right corner of the homepage. Not currently a member? Click here to learn more about joining NYSFDA.

Updated 01.11.2021: NYS DOH Releases Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccines to Funeral Service Proffessionals

Following the December 21, 2020 release of the COVID Vaccine Guidance, the state's COVID vaccination scheduling process is fluid. The following is the latest information we've received regarding the state's chosen process, including the opening of Phase 1b on January 11, 2021. Click here for details.

Announced 10.22.2020: Cluster Action Initiative Updates

The Cluster Action Initiative announced in October 2020 to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that arose in five counties will now, with slight revisions and a new name, be the strategy used to manage COVID-19 hot spots that emerge through the Fall and Winter. The new Micro-Cluster Strategy is based on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement. Click here for more details.

Executive Order: New Emergency Regulations Requiring FDs to Administer COVID Tests

Executive Order 202.59 issued Tuesday, August 28 directed the Commissioner of Health to develop emergency regulations for the testing and reporting of all COVID-19 and Influenza cases to continue to ensure, as flu season approaches, the state has the most accurate data to evaluate the number of positive cases and to best ensure timely contact tracing efforts are implemented in all regions.

On September 1, emergency regulations were issued on COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing. Click here for specifics.

Updated: Travel Restriction Details as of November 3, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. For the new protocol, effective Wednesday, November 4, click here.

In response to several member questions, we've provided an update on the Travel Advisory and clarification to the Electronic Signature Executive Order (as of August 12, 2020). 

Electronic Signature Clarification

In response to several member questions, we've provided clarification to the Electronic Signature Executive Order (as of August 12, 2020). For details on the Electronic Signature clarification, click here.

New FAQs on Occupancy Limits

As previously communicated, under the statewide guidelines for religious and funeral services, funeral homes must limit occupancy to 33% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy when available. This limitation has created much confusion throughout the reopening process because many funeral homes’ certificates of occupancy do not indicate a maximum occupancy.

This week, Empire State Development (ESD) updated its New York Forward FAQs to address questions they received from businesses seeking additional information on how to determine their occupancy limits. For more details, click here.

DOH Emergency Rule on Masks

The NYS Department of Health (DOH) issued an emergency rule, effective Thursday, July 9, 2020 that addresses the enforcement of several “social distancing” measures. Click here for details.

Updated 12.31.2020: Governor Extends Emergency Powers

On December 30, 2020 Governor Cuomo extended the emergency powers provided to funeral service during the pandemic for another 30 days. Click here for specifics.

Phase 4 Details Announced

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Governor Cuomo shared Phase 4 details as several regions will begin Phase 4 Friday, June 26, 2020. For details, click here.

New Information 12.14.20202020 Biennium Updates

The NYS Department of Health Bureau of Funeral Direction has stated that beginning on January 1, 2021 all New York funeral directors will be required to use the new registration cards as issued and should display them as required at all transfer points and places of final disposition or delivery to a common carrier. For more information, click here.

On Friday, July 31the Bureau of Funeral Directing mailed the license renewal appliactions for the 2020 Biennium. For more information, click here.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

There are a variety of resources provided by NYSFDA, local funeral services organizations, NYS government agencies, national organizations, and others. For a comprehensive list, please click here.

For archived information relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency, click here.

Please share information with NYSFDA & your peers. To submit information for consideration, please eail info@nysfda.org. As additional information directly relating to the funeral services industry becomes available we will be sure to share it with our members.

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