NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued the following statement asking New Yorkers to comply with new guidelines — published by the New York State Department of Health — for funeral firms and families planning funerals while New Yorkers continue to battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019):
“Our country is facing a unique state of crisis with the spread of the coronavirus. While we all may want to celebrate our loved ones’ lives and memorialize them, at this time, we must continue to practice social distancing and limit large public gatherings, including at funeral services. Our number one goal should be to limit the spread of this disease and stop more New Yorkers from getting sick. The Department of Health’s recommendations are common-sense measures that will help keep New Yorkers safe.”
Highlights from the New York State Department of Health guidelines include:
The state’s guidelines closely match guidelines provided by the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).