The Owen family and staff are going to abide by the new Kentucky state policy regarding the COVID-19 virus, or Coronavirus safety measures for funeral homes. These policies are recommended by the CDC, "Centers for Disease Control."
KENTUCKY Capacity Limits End June 11
Today, (Friday, May 14, 2021), Gov. Andy Beshear said the state’s emerging economy is set for liftoff as capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 will end Friday, June 11.
Gov. Beshear said the proven effectiveness of vaccinations and expanded vaccine eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds is allowing the Commonwealth to safely and sustainably ease restrictions. With about 1.9 million Kentuckians vaccinated, the Governor said everyone who is eligible should be able to get a dose of a safe and effective vaccine ahead of June 11.
In addition to setting the June 11 date for lifting all capacity restrictions, the Governor said Thursday the Commonwealth would immediately follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that fully vaccinated Kentuckians no longer need to wear a mask in most places. Click Here to read the updated facial covering requirements. The Governor announced on June 11, we also will eliminate our mask mandate for all Kentuckians with the exceptions of places where people are the most vulnerable.
On May 28, all events and businesses with 1,000 or fewer people present can increase to 75% capacity. In addition, starting May 28, indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people can be held at 75% capacity.
EXECUTIVE Order, May 13, 2021
Any person who has received the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least fourteen (14) days prior is not required to wear a face covering in any setting, except as otherwise set forth in this Order.
What does this mean for Kentucky Funeral Service?
- Beginning May 28 Kentucky funeral homes can operate at 75% capacity
- Beginning TODAY (Friday, May 14, 2021), Masks are NOT REQUIRED for those individuals (employees/attendees) who have been fully vaccinated
- Public areas of the funeral home including lounges etc. are still to be closed with no food or beverage service
- On June 11 ALL capacity restrictions will be lifted and funeral homes can operate at 100% capacity with all Public Areas open, including lounges etc.
- The Governor also announced that on June 11 the Mask Mandate for ALL Kentuckians will be lifted. Funeral Homes can post signage which states “Please Wear a Mask if you are not fully vaccinated”
December 14, 2020 UPDATE FROM THE STATE OF KENTUCKY:
We will continue to abide by the State of Kentucky's policies as we move through this pandemic. The state provided new guidelines for funeral and memorial services on December 14th.
We have attached the state guidelines here as a downloadable PDF:
Funeral Assistance through FEMA
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
Helpful resource during the covid-19 pandemic
A helpful booklet is now available for families who have experienced a death during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The booklet, available below in an e-reader format, addresses the challenges of grieving the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic including the nature of grief; traumatic loss and its triggers; ambiguous losses; and the risk of disenfranchised grief. It also addresses the importance of talking to children about death and memorialization and the difficulties of being separated from a loved one at the time of their death. The guide offers guidance on how families can meaningfully celebrate the life of their loved one and discusses the importance of maintaining your health while grieving.