The following guidelines for memorials and funerals conducted by our Pastors and ministry staff are implemented with effect from 29 August 2022:
A. Limits on Number of Attendees
- There is no group size limit.
- Religious workers, funeral staff, and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should be kept to a minimum.
- Masks are not required in indoor settings, except for healthcare and public transport settings.
- Attendees of funeral wakes, cremations, and burial services are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks in crowded places, or when visiting or interacting with vulnerable persons.
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.
- 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. Those who are close contacts of an infected case should follow Protocol 3 – take an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-test and make sure they test negative before going out over the next 5 days.
- Funeral staff are strongly advised to administer self-testing regime using the 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. 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.