Latest Covid-19 Funeral rules, restrictions, updates in Singapore (Nov 2021)

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Here are the latest Covid-19 funeral wake rules and funeral restrictions. Stay safe and be updated on safe distancing measures and when attending funeral wakes and funeral services in Singapore.

 

Covid 19: Updates for funeral services in Singapore (dated 22nd November 2021)

As of 22nd November 2021, the rules and regulations with regards to having a wake are as follows:

a. Attendees at wakes and funerals including foot processions, shall be kept to 30 persons or fewer at any one time, depending on the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. Pre-event testing is not required.

b. Burials and cremations shall be attended by not more than 30 persons in total. NEA will issue 30 entry passes for each cremation or burial application at the government-managed facilities.

c. Religious workers, funeral staff and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental (non-wind) music should be kept to a minimum.

d. All attendees at funeral wakes, foot processions, burials and cremations must wear a mask. The prevailing group size of no more than 5 persons applies and there should not be mixing between groups. Please ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre is maintained between individuals and/or groups.

e. Where seating at a table is provided, every chair for each table must be placed at least one metre away from any other chair for another table at all times. Tables and chairs must be arranged such that each table can accommodate not more than 5 individuals seated at the table or not more than 5 individuals in each group separated by a space of at least one metre. There should be no mixing between groups.

f. Attendees of funeral events should minimize their interaction with fellow attendees and leave the premises immediately after the event. No buffet set-up or reception with food and drinks is allowed. From 19 July 2021, provision of individually packed drinks (i.e. bottled/packet drink) or individually packed titbits (e.g. peanuts, melon seeds) is disallowed at funeral wakes.

g. Individually packed food/drink (e.g. bento boxes) may be supplied to family members of the deceased who keep vigil for the duration of the funeral wake, and need to consume food at the premises. However, they should not interact with the other attendees when consuming their meals, and should consume their meals away from guests present at the funeral/wake event.

h. Live instrumental music (non-wind) will be allowed at funeral events. The persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music must wear a mask at all times and should minimise movement to ensure that the one metre safe distance can be adhered to at all times. They are not to participate in the foot procession. No other performances (e.g. singing, dance, variety act) are allowed and there should be no sharing of equipment (e.g. musical instruments, microphones, props). Live singing and playing of wind instruments (instruments which require intentional expulsion of air, e.g. trumpets, conch shell) are not allowed.

i. Hearse escort party, i.e. musical band and/or display contingent on foot and including vehicles ferrying banners/blanket/flowers, is not allowed during the funeral event.

j. Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites (e.g. preachers, prayer leader, scripture reader), will be required to wear face mask when performing their speaking duties (i.e. preach, chanting of prayers) at funeral wakes and funeral services (i.e. cremation or burial services). They should largely remain at the spot from which they are speaking and must be at least one metre away from any other individual. Use of face shields in place of face mask is no longer allowed.

k. From 19 August 2021, temperature screening is no longer required. Any person who is unwell must be turned away.

l. SafeEntry check-in is required for funeral events and funeral parlours with wake halls. From 17 May 2021, TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE) check-in will be required for funeral parlours with wake halls and also funeral events. Visitors must perform TT-only SE check-in, via TraceTogether app or TraceTogether token to enable or facilitate contact tracing.

m. From 19 April 2021, funeral parlours with wake halls are required to deploy SafeEntry Gateway as an additional SafeEntry check-in method. The SafeEntry Gateway enables contactless detection of both the TraceTogether App and Token, and serves as an additional means of SE check-in that is quicker and more seamless.

n. 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.

o. 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 to perform 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, please visit https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/selftestart.

Let us continue to stay safe and healthy, and look out for each other as a community, and stay united in this fight on this invisible enemy.

 

See previous Covid 19 funeral rules, restrictions, and updates

 

Update: From 10th August onwards:

  1. No. of funeral wake attendees is capped at 30 pax
  2. Visitors can sit in groups of 5

 

Holding a funeral wake during Phase 2 “Heightened Alert” (From 22 July - 18 August 2021 Onwards)

Key Changes:

  1. Groups of not more than 2 pax & no intermingling of groups.
  2. Every table can have 4 individuals seated with safe distancing measures observed in groups of 2.
  3. provision of titbits (including individually packed ones such as peanuts, melon seeds) and beverages (including bottled/packet drinks) will be disallowed from 19 July 2021

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a. Attendees at wakes and funerals including foot processions, shall be kept to 20 persons or fewer at any one time, depending on the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. Pre-event testing is not required.

 

b. Burials and cremations shall be attended by not more than 20 persons in total. NEA will issue 20 entry passes for each cremation or burial application at the government-managed facilities.

 

c. Religious workers, funerary staff and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should be kept to a minimum.

 

d. All attendees at funeral wakes, foot processions, burials and cremations must wear a mask. The prevailing group size of no more than 2 persons applies and there should not be mixing between groups. Please ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre is maintained between individuals and/or groups.

 

e. Where seating at a table is provided, every chair for each table must be placed at least one metre away from any other chair for another table at all times.Tables and chairs must be arranged such that each table can accommodate not more than 5 individuals seated at the table or not more than 5 individuals in each group separated by a space of at least one metre. There should be no mixing between groups.

 

f. Attendees of funeral events should minimize their interaction with fellow attendees and leave the premises immediately after the event. No buffet set-up or reception with food and drinks is allowed. From 19 July 2021, provision of individually packed drinks (i.e. bottled/packet drink) or individually packed titbits (e.g. peanuts, melon seeds) is disallowed at funeral wakes.

 

g. Individually packed food/drink (e.g. bento boxes) may be supplied to family members of the deceased who keep vigil for the duration of the funeral wake, and need to consume food at the premises. However, they should not interact with the other attendees when consuming their meals, and should consume their meals away from guests present at the funeral/wake event.

 

h. Live instrumental music (non-wind) will be allowed at funeral events. The persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music must wear a mask at all times and should minimise movement to ensure that the one metre safe distance can be adhered to at all times. They are not to participate in the foot procession. No other performances (e.g. singing, dance, variety act) are allowed and there should be no sharing of equipment (e.g. musical instruments, microphones, props).  Live singing and playing of wind instruments (instruments which require intentional expulsion of air) are not allowed.

 

i. Hearse escort party, i.e. musical band and/or display contingent on foot and including vehicles ferrying banners/blanket/flowers, is not allowed during the funeral event.

 

j. Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites (e.g. preachers, prayer leader, scripture reader), will be required to wear face mask when performing their speaking duties (i.e. preach, chanting of prayers) at funeral wakes and funeral services (i.e. cremation or burial services). They should largely remain at the spot from which they are speaking and must be at least one metre away from any other individual.   Use of face shields in place of face mask is no longer allowed.

 

k. Temperature screening is required for every individual entering the funeral event space and Any person who is unwell must be turned away.

 

l. SafeEntry check-in is required for funeral events and funeral parlours with wake halls. From 17 May 2021, TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE) check-in will be required for funeral parlours with wake halls and also funeral events. Visitors must perform TT-only SE check-in, via TraceTogether app or TraceTogether token to enable or facilitate contact tracing.

 

m. From 19 April 2021, funeral parlours with wake halls are required to deploy SafeEntry Gateway as an additional SafeEntry check-in method. The SafeEntry Gateway enables contactless detection of both the TraceTogether App and Token, and serves as an additional means of SE check-in that is quicker and more seamless.

 

n. 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.

 

Let us continue to stay united, healthy and safe during this time, and get vaccinated. We are in this together. Let us continue to work hand-in-hand to overcome the Covid-19 situation together.

For generations, Embrace Funeral Services has been assisting with the essential arrangements of funeral services in Singapore. The team of undertakers pride themselves on their experience and professionalism in being the one stop funeral service provider with honest and affordable rates.

 

At Embrace Funeral Services, we work closely with family members to carry out funeral services in Singapore. Grieve and process your emotions appropriately without stress as we assist with funeral preparations. In addition, we offer bereavement support to friends and family that require it.

 

#EmbraceLifesJourney #Embracefuneralservices

#jeffreytheundertaker #EmbraceTeam #EmbraceFamily #关爱如亲#ServingTheFamilyAsIfOurOwn #EmbracingFamiliesAsIfOurOwn #Covid19 #CircuitBreaker #SGunite #HAfuneral

For more information, please visit www.moh.gov.sg or www.nea.gov.sg for updates and information.

Source: NEA-MFPD-ECD-SE-ADV-CIR-21-00008

 

Covid-19 Heightened Alert (16 May to 13 Jun 2021) Rules and Regulations with regards to holding a funeral wake in Singapore

 *kindly note that for non customers, enquiry on rules and regulations about holding a funeral wake during the “Heightened Alert” period is only available ***9:30am-8pm***.

Key Changes:

 

a. Attendees at wakes and funerals including foot processions, shall be kept to 20 persons or fewer at any one time, depending on the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. Pre-event testing is not required.

 

b. Burials and cremations shall be attended by not more than 20 persons in total. NEA will issue 20 entry passes for each cremation or burial application at the government-managed facilities.

 

d. All attendees at funeral wakes, foot processions, burials and cremations must wear a mask. The prevailing group size of no more than 2 persons applies and there should not be mixing between groups. Please ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre is maintained between individuals and/or groups.

 

e. Where seating at a table is provided, individuals must be seated at least one metre away from others at all times. Tables and chairs must be arranged such that each table can accommodate not more than 2 individuals seated at the table or not more than 2 individuals in each group separated by a space of at least one metre. There should be no mixing between groups.

 

f. Attendees of funeral events should minimize their interaction with fellow attendees and leave the premises immediately after the event. No buffet set-up or reception with food and drinks is allowed. Provision of titbits (including individually packed ones such as peanuts, melon seeds) or drinks (including bottled/packet drinks) will also be disallowed from 16 May to 13 Jun 2021.

 

g. Individually packed food/drink (e.g. bento boxes) may be supplied to family members of the deceased who keep vigil for the duration of the funeral wake, and need to consume food at the premises. However, they should not interact with the other attendees when consuming their meals, and should consume their meals away from guests present at the funeral/wake event.

 

j. Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites (e.g. preachers, prayer leader, scripture reader), will be required to wear face mask when performing their speaking duties (i.e. preach, chanting of prayers) at funeral wakes and funeral services (i.e. cremation or burial services). They should largely remain at the spot from which they are speaking and must be at least one metre away from any other individual. Use of face shields in place of face mask is no longer allowed.

 

i. SafeEntry check-in is required for funeral events and funeral parlours with wake halls. From 17 May 2021, TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE) check-in will be required for funeral parlours with wake halls and also funeral events. Visitors must perform TT-only SE check-in, via TraceTogether app or TraceTogether token to enable or facilitate contact tracing.

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  1. Attendees at wakes and funerals including foot processions, shall be kept to 20 persons or fewer at any one time, depending on the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. Pre-event testing is not required.
  2. Burials and cremations shall be attended by not more than 20 persons in total. NEA will issue 20 entry passes for each cremation or burial application at the government-managed facilities.
  3. Religious workers, funerary staff and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should be kept to a minimum.
  4. All attendees at funeral wakes, foot processions, burials and cremations must wear a mask. The prevailing group size of no more than 2 persons applies and there should not be mixing between groups. Please ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre is maintained between individuals and/or groups.
  5. Where seating at a table is provided, individuals must be seated at least one metre away from others at all times. Tables and chairs must be arranged such that each table can accommodate not more than 2 individuals seated at the table or not more than 2 individuals in each group separated by a space of at least one metre. There should be no mixing between groups.
  6. Attendees of funeral events should minimize their interaction with fellow attendees and leave the premises immediately after the event. No buffet set-up or reception with food and drinks is allowed. Provision of titbits (including individually packed ones such as peanuts, melon seeds) or drinks (including bottled/packet drinks) will also be disallowed from 16 May to 13 Jun 2021.
  7. Individually packed food/drink (e.g. bento boxes) may be supplied to family members of the deceased who keep vigil for the duration of the funeral wake, and need to consume food at the premises. However, they should not interact with the other attendees when consuming their meals, and should consume their meals away from guests present at the funeral/wake event.
  8. Live instrumental music (non-wind) will be allowed at funeral events. The persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music must wear a mask at all times and should minimise movement to ensure that the one metre safe distance can be adhered to at all times. They are not to participate in the foot procession. No other performances (e.g. singing, dance, variety act) are allowed and there should be no sharing of equipment (e.g. musical instruments, microphones, props).  Live singing and playing of wind instruments (instruments which require intentional expulsion of air) are not allowed.
  9. Hearse escort party is not allowed during the funeral event.
  10. Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites (e.g. preachers, prayer leader, scripture reader), will be required to wear face mask when performing their speaking duties (i.e. preach, chanting of prayers) at funeral wakes and funeral services (i.e. cremation or burial services). They should largely remain at the spot from which they are speaking and must be at least one metre away from any other individual. Use of face shields in place of face mask is no longer allowed.
  11. Temperature screening is required for every individual entering the funeral event space and any person who is unwell must be turned away.
  12. SafeEntry check-in is required for funeral events and funeral parlours with wake halls. From 17 May 2021, TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE) check-in will be required for funeral parlours with wake halls and also funeral events. Visitors must perform TT-only SE check-in, via TraceTogether app or TraceTogether token to enable or facilitate contact tracing.
  13. From 19 April 2021, funeral parlours with wake halls are required to deploy SafeEntry Gateway as an additional SafeEntry check-in method. The SafeEntry Gateway enables contactless detection of both the TraceTogether App and Token, and serves as an additional means of SE check-in that is quicker and more seamless.
  14. 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.

 

Let us continue to stay united, healthy and safe during this time. We are in this together. Let us continue to work hand-in-hand to overcome the Covid-19 situation together.

For generations, Embrace Funeral Services has been assisting with the essential arrangements of funeral services in Singapore. The team of undertakers pride themselves on their experience and professionalism in being the one stop funeral service provider with honest and affordable rates.

 

At Embrace Funeral Services, we work closely with family members to carry out funeral services in Singapore. Grieve and process your emotions appropriately without stress as we assist with funeral preparations. In addition, we offer bereavement support to friends and family that require it.

 

#EmbraceLifesJourney #Embracefuneralservices

#jeffreytheundertaker #EmbraceTeam #EmbraceFamily #关爱如亲#ServingTheFamilyAsIfOurOwn #EmbracingFamiliesAsIfOurOwn #Covid19 #CircuitBreaker #SGunite #HAfuneral

For more information, please visit www.moh.gov.sg or www.nea.gov.sg for updates and information.

Source: NEA-MFPD-ECD-SE-ADV-CIR-21-00005

From 8th - 30th May 2021: Attendees at funerals will be reverted back to a cap of 30 pax including cremation/burial day due to the recents developent of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

 

From 24th April 2021 onwards till 7th May 2021: For funerals and wakes, cap will be increased to 50 persons on day of burial/cremation only.

 

 *kindly note that other than Embrace Funeral Service's customers, enquiry on rules and regulations about holding a wake during Phase 3 is only available ***9:30am-8pm**everyday

On 28th December 2020, as we enter Phase 3 of re-opening of circuit breaker regulations what are the rules and regulations to expect.

The following is a summary of what are we expecting from Phase 3 for funeral wakes:

  1. Live instrumental music (non-wind) will be allowed at funeral events. The persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music must wear a mask and should minimise movement to ensure that the one metre safe distance can be adhered to at all times. They are not to participate in the foot procession. No other performances (e.g. singing, dance, variety act) are allowed and there should be no sharing of equipment (e.g. musical instruments, microphones, props).

 

  1. The 30pax limit for attendees at funeral events (subject to the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower) (Religious personnel and working personnel excluded) Religious workers, funerary staff and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should continue to be kept to a minimum. As a general guide, these should not be more than 50% of the number of attendees at the funeral event.

 

  1. Burials and cremations shall be attended by not more than thirty persons in total. NEA will issue 30 entry passes for each cremation or burial application at the government-managed facilities.

 

  1. All attendees at funeral wakes, foot processions, burials and cremations must wear a mask, and maintain a distance of at least one metre from any other individual at all times. Where it is not feasible to apply one metre safe distancing between individuals, this one metre requirement can instead be enforced between groups, with each group made up of not more than 8 persons, and with no mixing between groups. Other safe management measures must also be in place.

 

  1. Where seating at a table is provided, every chair for each table must be placed at least one metre away from any other chair for another table at all times. Tables and chairs must be arranged such that each table can accommodate not more than 8 individuals seated at the table or not more than 8 individuals in each group separated by space of at least one metre. There should be no mixing between groups.

 

  1.  We have noted the feedback from the industry, and wish to inform that individually packed drinks may be allowed during funeral wakes.  Individuals should keep their masks on when they are not drinking.  For clarity, please see revised guideline on this below:

  2. Attendees of funeral events should minimize their interaction with fellow attendees and leave
    the premises immediately after the event. No buffet set-up or reception with food and drinks
    is allowed. Individually packed drinks (i.e. bottled/packet drink) or individually packed titbits
    (e.g. peanuts, melon seeds) may be provided, but masks must be worn at all times except when
    the individual is drinking or eating. Funeral Directors are advised to put up signages on the
    tables to remind attendees that, except when the individual is drinking or eating, masks must
    be worn at all times. There should be strictly no sharing of drinks/titbits.
    Individually packed bento boxes may be supplied to family members of the deceased who keep
    vigil for the duration of the funeral wake, and need to consume food at the premises. However,
    they should not interact with the other attendees when consuming their meals, and should
    consume their meals away from guests present at the funeral/wake event.

  3. Hearse escort party is not allowed during the funeral event.

  4. Take the temperature of every individual entering the funeral event space and turn away any person who is unwell.

  5. Obtain and keep the contact particulars of every individual before allowing him/her to enter the funeral event, to facilitate contact tracing when necessary. These records have to be kept for at least 25 days after the date of the funeral.

  6. Keep 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.

(info accurate as of 22 0ct 2020)

Funeral Services Wake location

  • 30 Pax at any one given time (religious personnel and pallbearers excluded)
  • Safe distancing of 1-meter must be maintained at all times
  • Masks worn at all times
  • Each table with a max seating of 5 pax
  • Take temperature, Scan or fill in contact tracing channels upon arrival
  • No serving of buffet style meals

 

Foot procession for sending off

  • Max 30 pax with social distancing observed
  • Masks worn at all times

Mandai crematorium

  • Max 30 pax (entry passes will be issued and will be checked upon main gate before allowing entry)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Masks worn at all times
  • No serving of snack, food items, or drinks
  • Attendees are recommended to leave as soon as possible after cremation service to avoid over crowding

Mandai Ash Collection:

  • Max 10 Pax per group
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Masks worn at all times
  • Take temperature and scan safe entry before entering

Mandai & Choa Chu Kang Columbarium:

  • 5 pax per group
  • Masks worn at all times
  • Social distancing between different groups
  • Offerings and prayer items and rituals are allowed

光明山 Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple)

  • Cremation Service
    • Max 30 pax
    • Masks worn at all times
    • Social distancing
    • No serving of food and drinks after cremation service
    • Attendees are advised to leave as soon as possible after cremation service is completed
  • 寄灵堂 Ancestral Hall
    • Max 5 pax
    • Masks worn at all times
    • Social distancing rule applies
    • Only the 7th day and 49th day prayers and rituals are allowed
  • Ash Collection
    • Max 10 pax
    • Masks worn at all times
    • Social distancing rule applies

Choa Chu Kang cemetery

  • Max 30 pax
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Masks worn at all times
  • No serving of snack, food items, or drinks
  • Attendees are recommended to leave as soon as possible after burial service to avoid over crowding

As rules and regulations with regards to this Covid-19 situation being constantly updated and changing, it is advised to consult your service provider or the office of the location you are visiting to clarify and get updates on their latest rules and regulations.

Attendance at Funeral Wakes, burial & cremation services:
丧礼吊唁人数,以及参与火化,土葬仪式:

1. Maximum of 20 persons.
人数不能超过20人

2. Wear masks & maintain safe distancing of at least 1 meter at all times.
参与全程必须戴口罩,以及保持1米的安全社交距离。

Visit to Choa Chu Kang Cemetery & columbarium, Mandai & Yishun Columbarium:
前往蔡厝港坟场与骨灰安置所,万礼和义顺骨灰安置所:

1. Permitted with effect from 19th June 2020
从19日6月2020年开始开放

2. Visitors must wear masks, maintain safe distancing of at least 1m at all times, and max group size of 5 person.
全程戴口罩,保持安全的社交距离,访客人数不能超过5人。

3. Those who are unwell should stay home and see a doctor. As crowds are expected in the early part of “Phase 2”, visitors are advised to visit during the later part of “Phase 2” and avoid staying for too Long. Elderly members and children are advised not to visit.
如身体不适,宜呆在家中。第二阶段初期可能会有人潮,建议延迟到访日期。年长者和小朋友建议不要到访。