COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FUNERAL SERVICES as at 26 April 2022
Annex – Safe Management Measures at Funeral Events [As at 26 April 2022]
a. Mask is required 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 as an indoor setting.
b. For funeral events held at outdoor non-enclosed places (e.g. burial service at cemetery, funeral wakes at void decks of public housing estates), mask-wearing is optional but it is strongly encouraged. There will no longer be a group size limit. Individuals are not required to keep to a group of 10 persons.
c. The event size limit for cremation services at Mandai Crematorium of 50 persons or fewer is removed. NEA will cease to issue entry passes for cremation services.
d. The event size limit for funerals held at home of 30 persons or fewer is removed.
e. Religious workers, funeral staff and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should be kept to a minimum.
f. Food and drinks, including individually packed food and titbits, are allowed to be served and consumed at funeral events, with the exception at government-managed facilities e.g. Mandai Crematorium and Choa Chu Kang Cemetery. Self-service buffet lines are not allowed. However, staff-served food lines are allowed at funeral wakes. Food must be served by workers at food lines. Singapore Food Agency (SFA) regulations and Food & Beverage (F&B) sector guidelines must be adhered to.
g. Live performances, including instrumental music, such as live singing and playing of wind instruments (instruments which require intentional expulsion of air, e.g. trumpets, conch shell) are allowed at funeral events.
h. Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites (e.g. preaching, chanting of prayers) and family members giving eulogies can unmask. Attendees must have their masks on in an indoor setting.
i. From 19 August 2021, temperature screening is no longer required. Any person who is unwell must be turned away.
j. SafeEntry check-ins are not required for funeral events.
k. 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.