Holding a funeral wake during Phase 3 “Heightened Alert” (From 10 August 2021 Onwards)

IMPORTANT: Click here for the latest Covid-19 Updates, Rules, and Restrictions for Funeral wakes.

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


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.


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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


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