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. There is also new research on the transmission of coronavirus: click here to read abstract (January 2021).

Over the past several months NYSFDA has provided timely information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 04.12.21: FEMA Funeral Assistance Program Details

FEMA released their final policy on providing financial assistance for funeral expenses for deaths related to COVID-19 in mid-March, and the hotline opened Monday, April 12, 2021. Click here for details.


CDC Updates Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidelines (04.05.21)

On April 5 the CDC updated their Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility guidelines. Click here for details.


New Domestic Travel Guidance (04.01.21)

On April 1, 2021, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released Updated Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State. Click here for details.


Large Gathering Limits Increase (03.22.21)

As of March 22, 2021 social gatherings in public spaces, previously limited to 50 people, will be limited to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. Individuals must wear face coverings when they are in a public and are: within six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.

Please note, funeral homes should still follow the specific occupancy limits in the statewide guidelines for funeral & religious services when it comes to indoor services and outdoor services at the funeral home/on the funeral home property.


Governor Extends Emergency Powers; Revises Approach (02.26.21)

Governor Cuomo extended the emergency powers provided to funeral service during the pandemic. Going forward, the Governor’s office has revised their approach to the executive order extenders. Click here for specifics.


Maximum Occupancy Increased to 50% (02.05.21)

Governor Cuomo announced updates to the Guidelines for Religious and Funeral Services. Click here for details


NYS DOH Releases Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccines to Funeral Service Professionals (01.11.21)

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.


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.


FAQs on Occupancy Limits

As previously communicated, under the statewide guidelines for religious and funeral services, funeral homes must limit occupancy to 50% 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.

Please note, funeral homes should still follow the specific occupancy limits in the statewide guidelines for funeral & religious services when it comes to indoor services and outdoor services at the funeral home/on the funeral home property. For more details, 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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