COVID -19 UPDATES
Please follow the COVID -19 Protocall for the funeral services avoiding groups of more than ten (10).
Avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequently washing hands with soap and water;
not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and practicing good respiratory hygiene.
Mode of transmission:
Human-to-human transmission via respiratory droplets
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker announced
May 18, 2020
Phase 1 Reopening:
Based on the public health metrics, manufacturing facilities and construction sites will open effective today with applicable guidelines.
Places of worship will be able to open with guidelines that require social distancing and encourage services to be held outdoors.
Hospitals and community health centers that attest to specific public health and safety standards can begin to
provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients.
Under a staggered approach, additional Phase 1 sectors of the economy will be permitted to open effective
May 25 including:
Lab space, Office space, Limited personal services, including: hair salons, pet grooming, car washes;
Retail: remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up;
Also permitted to open on May 25 with applicable guidelines, are the following:
Drive-in movie theaters;
Select athletic fields and courts;
Many outdoor adventure activities;
Most fishing, hunting, and boating;
Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves, and public installations.
Additional sectors expected to open on June 1 as part of Phase 1
include office spaces in the city of Boston with applicable guidelines.
A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana.
Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders.
Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing,
or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Following the most recent public announcements from the CDC and Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts,
regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 and its implications on our health and public safety. Our Governor is restricting
gatherings to 10 people. Private funerals and private religious rites are allowed at this time following the restrictions, protocol and prevention tips.
Archdiocese of Boston
CARDINAL SEÁN PATRICK O’MALLEY, OFM CAP.
The guidance, established by a working committee of priests, deacons and laity accompanies the decision today that parishes can resume Mass as of Saturday, May 23. Strict guidelines require that no more than 40% of the Church capacity can be in attendance, social distancing must be followed for pews and restrictions for the safe distribution of Communion must be in place. Weddings and funerals may proceed but with the similar restrictions.
As stated in the Archdiocesan document released today, “If a parish within the Archdiocese of Boston, after careful and deliberate preparation, considers that they are able to meet all of the State, Municipal, and Archdiocesan guidelines, they may request permission from their Regional Bishop or Episcopal Vicar to begin Masses as early as Saturday evening, May 23. Many, or even most, parishes may well need more time to prepare, and may choose Sunday, May 31 (the Feast of Pentecost), as the date for their reopening. Parishes should not resume Masses before they are ready, and the decision to delay the resumption of Masses until May 31 may very well be the best decision for a parish. No matter what the start date, no parish should have Mass unless they can do it safely, and in compliance with the guidelines.”
The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. Cardinal Seán strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicating physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes, on their parish’s social media or on Catholic
Statement of Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.,
It was the consensus of Presbyteral Council members that some time will be needed to ensure that all parishes are prepared to meet all mandatory safety standards. In light of that, Bishop da Cunha has announced that churches in the Fall River Diocese will open for Masses for the May 30-31st weekend, the Feast of Pentecost in the Church’s calendar.
Massachusetts National Cemetery
New Procedures at VA National Cemeteries due to COVID-19
Memorial Day Commemorations at NCA Cemeteries
Memorial Day 2020
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is committed to observing Memorial Day 2020 in a manner that honors those who sacrificed for our Nation while protecting the health and safety of visitors and our team members. All 142 VA national cemeteries will be open for visitation throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
Families and friends are welcome to place flowers or individual flags at Veterans' gravesites. Cemetery visitors are asked to adhere to CDC,
state and local health and safety guidelines and local travel restrictions.
Starting April 15. 2020
All Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals.
However, the National Cemetery Administration is continuing to adjust its services in light of the best practices urged by the CDC in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
NCA is offering all families the option to postpone the interment, or to proceed with the interment and provide a memorial service at a later date.
Families choosing to witness should also understand our staff are closely following CDC guidelines on social distancing, to include maintaining safe distances and using personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves and sanitizing urns or caskets as needed.
As a matter of public health and safety, committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors,
whether by military personnel or volunteer organizations, will not be conducted until further notice at VA National Cemeteries.
Immediate family members (limited to no more than 10 individuals) of the deceased may choose to witness the interment if desired.
There is no service involved with witnessing an interment family members will now be asked to view the interment from their cars or the road very near their cars.
Families may visit the grave-site in the days following the interment consistent with CDC guidelines and local travel restrictions. Larger groups will be asked to reduce their numbers or be refused service. We appreciate your continued support in communicating and reinforcing this direction.
Thank you for your cooperation,
The National Cemetery Administration .