What are the Rules on Funerals?
At present, Governor Lamont has restricted religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings to the number of people that can be safely accommodated with masks and proper distancing measures observed. A religious, spiritual, or worship gathering includes a wake, funeral, or burial.
Whenever possible, funeral services shall be held at the gravesite. Families are strongly encouraged to postpone funeral services until a later date when they can be held safely for mourners. Proper social distance protocols (not less than 6 feet) shall be maintained at all times at wakes, funeral services and burials.
Funeral homes can be more stringent than these standards if they feel it is necessary to protect the families and their staff from the spread of COVID-19. This shall be in effect until the conclusion of the declared public health emergency.
Effective Monday April 12, 2021:
Connecticut residents eligible for FEMA assistance for COVID-related Funerals
Beginning Monday, April 12, 2021, Connecticut residents can receive funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Funeral Assistance program to cover certain burial and funeral expenses for COVID-19-related deaths. The death certificate must state the death was attributed to COVID-19
Please visit www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance to learn more about this assistance.