MINNESOTA. (KEYC) -The Minnesota Department of Health advises funeral homes to practice social distancing to slow he spread of the coronavirus.
Previously in light of Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order that went into affect Friday, funeral services were told to postpone services. But in an update released Saturday, March 28th, funeral gatherings can be no more than 10 attendees in a space that allows for social distancing (six feet spacing between people).
Individuals may leave home to attend funerals, whether at a place of worship, funeral home, burial site or similar location.
Mortuary services including funeral homes, crematoriums and cemetery workers are considered essential workers, under the stay-at-home executive order.
“We are as community ordered to stay at home.... To allow for the change to come back we may do certain things right now and be able to work with those families in the future,” said Mankato Mortuary Licensed Funeral Director, Gayla Satre.
Private viewing for the purpose of identifying the decedent by the person or persons with the right to control final disposition as described in Minnesota Statutes, section 149A.80, is acceptable provided that the viewing is consistent with the Department of Health and CDC guidance on social distancing
In addition families are encouraged to contact funeral homes for further guidance.