As we move back to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), the following guidelines for memorials and funerals conducted by our Pastors and ministry staff will be implemented with effect from 14 June 2021:
1. Restrictions on Attendees
- Funerals, wakes, installation of niches, and post-funeral rites (i.e. funerary memorial events for deceased persons) at places of worship can involve not more than 20 attendees and in groups of no more than 5 persons (excluding religious and supporting workers, whose numbers should be kept to a minimum), subject to safe management measures and the safe distancing capacity of the premises.
- Burials and cremations shall be attended by not more than 20 persons in total. The National Environment Agency will issue 20 entry passes for each cremation or burial application at Government-managed facilities.
- Religious workers, funerary staff, and persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music should be kept to a minimum.
- Visits to columbaria at places of worship should be kept as short as possible, with no mingling between groups of no more than 5 persons (an increase from previous 2 persons).
2. Group Size and Safe Distancing
- 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 intermingling between groups. Please ensure that a safe distance of at least 1 metre is maintained between individuals and/or groups.
- Where seating at a table is provided, individuals must be seated at least 1 metre away from others at all times. Tables and chairs must be arranged such that each table can accommodate no more than 5 individuals seated at the table, or no more than 5 individuals in each group separated by a space of at least 1 metre. There should be no intermingling between groups.
3. Food and Beverages
- Attendees of funeral events should minimise 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 (e.g. bottled/packet drinks) or individually-packed titbits (e.g. peanuts, melon seeds) may be provided, but masks must be worn at all times except when drinking or eating. Funeral Directors are advised to put up signages on the tables to remind attendees that, except when drinking or eating, masks must be worn at all times. Sharing of drinks or titbits is not allowed.
- 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 other attendees when consuming their meals, and should consume their meals away from guests present at the funeral/wake event.
4. Live Performances
- Live instrumental music (except wind instruments) is allowed at funeral events. The persons involved in the conduct of live instrumental music must wear masks and should minimise movement to ensure that the 1-metre safe distance can be adhered to at all times. They are not to participate in the foot processions. No other performances, such as singing, dancing, or variety acts, are allowed and there should be no sharing of equipment, such as musical instruments, microphones, or props.
- Hearse escort party is not allowed during the funeral event.
- Religious workers involved in the conduct of the religious rites, such as preachers, prayer leaders, or scripture leaders, may wear face shields in place of face masks when performing their speaking duties (e.g. preaching) at funeral wakes and funeral services (e.g. cremation or burial services). They should largely remain at the spot from which they are speaking from, and must be at least 1 metre away from other attendees.
5. Temperature Screening
- Temperature screening is required for every attendee entering the funeral event space and any person who is unwell must be turned away.
- SafeEntry check-in via either the TraceTogether mobile app or a working token is mandatory.
- Since 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 mobile app and token, and serves as an additional means of SafeEntry check-in that is quicker and more seamless. For more information on the SafeEntry Gateway, please visit https://go.gov.sg/gateway-overview.
- The elderly and vulnerable are discouraged from attending these events, and should consider joining in via video link to protect them from risk of infection.
The Homegoing Funeral Procedures Guide, designed for our cell leaders, seeks to provide assistance to the family of a cell member when a death occurs. In this guide, we highlight some scenarios you may encounter and provide the practical help you may need.
For more information, please contact your Team Pastor or the Church Office at 6424 9400.