COVID-19 Updates & Resources

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.

NY HERO Act Extended Until March 17, 2022

On February 15, NYS Department of Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H. extended the NY HERO Act. Click here for more.

State Provides Current and Archived COVID-19 Guidance (02.16.22)

The State has an extensive list of current and archived guidance documents released since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for details.

Governor Lifts Statewide Mask Mandate (02.09.22)

As of February 10, 2022 New York's statewide indoor business mask or vaccine requirement is lifted, but remains optional for businesses, local governments, and counties. Click here for details.

Vaccination Mandate Going into Effect Monday, 12/27 in NYC (12.21.21)

A Vaccination Requirement for Workplaces in New York City will take effect Monday, December 27, 2021. Click here for details.

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates (10.01.2021)

Following outreach from many of our members, NYSFDA has looked into two COVID-19-related issues. Click here for details on boosters and Excelsior Passes.

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 email As additional information directly relating to the funeral services industry becomes available we will be sure to share it with our members.