COVID-19 Update


July 10, 2020

This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order (E.O. 2020-147) requiring that face masks be worn in any indoor public space or outdoors when unable to maintain social distancing, and requiring businesses that are open to the public to not provide service to a customer, or allow a customer to enter its premises unless that customer is wearing a face covering. Importantly for funeral homes, the Order states that a state department, such as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ("LARA"), that learns that a licensee is in violation of the Order will consider whether protecting public health and safety requires summary suspension of the license. Businesses that are open the public must post signs at its entrance instructing customers of the legal obligation to wear a face mask.

Under this Order, we must now require those entering the funeral home, whether making arrangements or attending funeral and visitation services, to wear face coverings.

To prevent a federal challenge to the Order alleging infringement of the Constitutional right to free exercise of religion, no individual is subject to the misdemeanor penalty for removing a face mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship, although congregants are strongly encouraged to wear them.

The requirements to wear a face mask does not apply to:

  • Are younger than five years old, though children two years old and older are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering, pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC");
  • Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
  • Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
  • Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere in the activity;
  • Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • Are entering a business or are receiving a service and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
  • Are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
  • Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;
  • Are officiating at a religious service; or
  • Are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.

Funeral celebrants, officiants, and presiders, therefore, do not have to wear masks when conducting services.

As with earlier Orders, willful violation is considered a misdemeanor. 


June 1, 2020

This afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a new Executive Order (E.O. 2020-110) rescinding the existing Safer at Home Order, but placing separate limitations on indoor gatherings and outdoor events. There is no separate provision addressing funerals, as with the stay-at-home orders.

"Indoor social gatherings and events among persons not part of a single household are permitted but not to exceed 10 people."

Outdoor gatherings, however, are limited to 100 people, and those not part of the same household must maintain six feet of distance from one another.

Also, as with earlier orders, places of religious worship are exempt from the Order's penalty provisions. Families wishing to have a service at a church facility will need permission from both the church and local law enforcement.

Willful violation of the Order is a misdemeanor.

Furthermore, the following should be asked to refrain from attending either the arrangements conference or any services:

  • A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19
  • Anyone who has been in proximity with an individual who has tested positive 
  • Anyone with a fever or exhibiting cold and/or flu symptoms
  • Anyone who has recently traveled internationally

At this time we are able to offer a live stream on our Facebook page and a digital recording for services held at our location or at a graveside service. Visitation at the funeral home may be held if no more than 10 people are in attendance at one time. We recommend visitations span multiple hours to accommodate this requirement. Services at the funeral home are still limited to 10 people at this time. We will continue to keep you updated as more guidelines are implemented or lifted.


May 22, 2020

Late this afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order (E.O. 2020-96), replacing her earlier "Stay Home-Stay Safe" Order, extending many of its provisions, and modifying others. As with the earlier Order, however, it maintains the ability to attend a funeral as an exception to the stay at home provisions, "provided that no more than 10 people are in attendance." The Order also continues funeral homes as "critical infrastructure workers" in the "Health Care and public health" sector. The Order takes immediate effect and runs through June 12, 2020. As with earlier Orders, it has the force of law, and willful violation is a misdemeanor.

Furthermore, the following should be asked to refrain from attending either the arrangements conference or any services:

  • A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19
  • Anyone who has been in proximity with an individual who has tested positive 
  • Anyone with a fever or exhibiting cold and/or flu symptoms
  • Anyone who has recently traveled internationally

At this time we are able to offer a live stream on our Facebook page and a digital recording for services held at our location or at a graveside service. Visitation may be held if no more than 10 people are in attendance at one time. We recommend visitations span multiple hours to accommodate this requirement. In addition, you may hold a public service after the restrictions are lifted. We will continue to keep you updated as more guidelines are implemented or lifted.


May 8, 2020

This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order (E.O. 2020-77), replacing her earlier "Stay Home-Stay Safe" Order, extending many of its provisions, and modifying others. As with the earlier Order, however, it maintains the ability to attend a funeral as an exception to the stay at home provisions, "provided that no more than 10 people are in attendance." The Order also continues funeral homes as "critical infrastructure workers" in the "Health Care and public health" sector. The Order takes immediate effect and runs through May 28, 2020. As with earlier Orders, it has the force of law, and willful violation is a misdemeanor.

Furthermore, the following should be asked to refrain from attending either the arrangements conference or any services:

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19

Anyone who has been in proximity with an individual who has tested positive 

Anyone with a fever or exhibiting cold and/or flu symptoms

Anyone who has recently traveled internationally

At this time we are able to offer a live stream on our Facebook page and a digital recording for services held at our location or at a graveside service. Visitation may be held if no more than 10 people are in attendance at one time. We recommend visitations span multiple hours to accommodate this requirement. In addition, you may hold a public service after the restrictions are lifted. We will continue to keep you updated as more guidelines are implemented or lifted.


April 24, 2020

This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order (E.O. 2020-59), replacing her earlier "Stay Home-Stay Safe" Order, extending many of its provisions, and modifying others. As with the earlier Order, however, it maintains the ability to attend a funeral as an exception to the stay at home provisions, "provided that no more than 10 people are in attendance." The Order also continues funeral homes as "critical infrastructure workers" in the "Health Care and public health" sector. The Order takes immediate effect and runs through May 15, 2020. As with earlier Orders, it has the force of law, and willful violation is a misdemeanor.

Furthermore, the following should be asked to refrain from attending either the arrangements conference or any services:

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19

Anyone who has been in proximity with an individual who has tested positive 

Anyone with a fever or exhibiting cold and/or flu symptoms

Anyone who has recently traveled internationally

At this time we are able to offer a live stream on our Facebook page and a digital recording for services held at our location or at a graveside service. Visitation may be held if no more than 10 people are in attendance at one time. We recommend visitations span multiple hours to accommodate this requirement. In addition, you may hold a public service after the restrictions are lifted. We will continue to keep you updated as more guidelines are implemented or lifted.


March 30, 2020

In keeping with the President's extension of federal guidelines, The Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) is strongly recommending that members limit any funeral gathering or memorial event to ten people or less in one room at a single time. Last evening, President Trump's coronavirus task force recommended extending its earlier "15 days to slow the spread" recommendations until the end of April. MFDA believes that the evolving circumstances warrant funeral directors heeding the federal guideline.

As a reminder, social distancing should be practiced regardless of the number of attendees. Furthermore, the following should be asked to refrain from attending either the arrangements conference or any services:

  • A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19
  • Anyone who has been in proximity with an individual who has tested positive 
  • Anyone with a fever or exhibiting cold and/or flu symptoms
  • Anyone who has recently traveled internationally

At this time we are able to offer live stream recording options for services held at our location. We will continue to keep you updated as more guidelines are implemented.

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