Minnesota Funeral Homes are Prepared to Safely Care for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Minnesota Funeral Homes remain committed and prepared to safely care for the families they serve during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, they will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them as well as following appropriate guidelines.

According to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19; however, federal, state and local public health guidance has limited the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.

“In Minnesota we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Chris Jacobson, funeral director and president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA).  “We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”

Jacobson continued, “Our members remain vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”

As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), MFDA regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States.  In addition, MFDA is in close communication with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor's office and key legislators

  • What is the current COVID-19 guidance for funerals in Minnesota as of March 15, 2021?

    What is the current COVID-19 guidance for funerals in Minnesota as of Monday, March 15, 2021?

    Today, Governor Walz announced Executive Order 21-11, effective Monday, March 15th, 2021 at 12:00pm. EO 21-11 rescinds the previous capacity restrictions (50%) and beginning Monday, funeral services, ceremonies, and visitations may be conducted at 100% capacity. As with current requirements, funeral homes must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with applicable guidance available on the Stay Safe Guidance for Places of Worship website – masking and social distancing are still required. Receptions must not exceed 50% of normal occupancy, with a 250 person maximum, and food and beverage is prohibited between the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am. We’re gathering information on the next phase of easing the restrictions (beginning April 1st) with regards to receptions, and will share guidance when it becomes available.


    Additional information on EO 21-11 can be found on the Stay Safe Minnesota website.