The following guidelines for memorials and funerals conducted by our Pastors and ministry staff are implemented with effect from 26 April 2022:
A. Limits on Number of Attendees
- The event size limit for funeral events, including funeral wakes held within home compounds and cremation services at Mandai Crematorium, has been lifted
- Religious workers, funeral staff, and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should be kept to a minimum.
B. Group Size and Safe Distancing
- Masks are to be worn at all times at funeral events held at indoor premises. If a tentage is set up and the outdoor area becomes enclosed, it will be considered an indoor setting.
- For funeral events held at outdoor or non-enclosed places (e.g. burials at cemeteries, funeral wakes at void decks of public housing estates), mask-wearing is optional but strongly encouraged. There is no limit to group size.
C. Food and Beverages
- Food and drinks, including self-service buffet lines and individually packed food and titbits, can be served and consumed at funeral wakes, with Singapore Food Agency regulations and food and beverage sector guidelines adhered to.
Food and drinks remain prohibited at NEA-managed facilities (e.g. Mandai Crematorium and Choa Chu Kang Cemetery).
D. Live Performances
- Live performances, such as live singing, instrumental music, and playing of wind instruments (instruments which require intentional expulsion of air, e.g. trumpets, conch shells) are allowed at funeral events.
- Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites, such as preachers, prayer leaders, and family members giving eulogies can unmask. Attendees must wear masks for indoor settings.
E. Health Check
- Any person who is unwell must be turned away.
F. TraceTogether-only SafeEntry
- SafeEntry check-in is no longer required at funeral events.
- Discourage vulnerable persons, such as the elderly, from attending these events to protect their health, and consider alternative solutions for them, such as live video screening instead.
- Individuals are urged to continue to exercise personal responsibility and conduct self-testing, and practise good personal hygiene, especially prior to visiting crowded places or interacting with vulnerable groups.
- Funeral staff is strongly advised to administer self-testing regime using the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits available for purchase over retail counters. Family members may also consider performing self-testing if they are worried that they may have COVID-19 and want to put their mind at ease. For more information on ART self-test kits can be found here.
The Homegoing Funeral Procedures Guide, designed for our cell leaders, seeks to provide assistance to the family of a cell member when a death occurs. In this guide, we highlight some scenarios you may encounter and provide the practical help you may need.
For more information, please contact your Team Pastor or the Church Office at 6424 9400.