A notice to our Families
Informational Bulletin on Funerals and COVID-19
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we want to express our main priority at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel is the safety of our staff, the families we take care of and their loved ones that have passed away. We want to make sure the families we serve are fully protected.
In Accordance to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order E.O. 2020-160:
The order reimposes the 10-person indoor gathering limit in the entire Upper Peninsula effective starting July 31, 2020. She had earlier expanded indoor gatherings to 50 as part of moving those counties to Phase 5 of her Michigan Safe Start Plan. As with earlier orders, neither places of religious worship, nor individuals engaging in religious worship are subject to the order's penalty provision.
In Accordance to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-147:
It is required that face masks be worn in any indoor public space or outdoors when unable to maintain social distancing, and requires businesses that are open to the public to not provide service to a customer, or allow a customer to enter its premises unless that customer is wearing a face covering.
To prevent a federal challenge to the Order alleging infringement of the Constitutional right to free exercise of religion, no individual is subject to the misdemeanor penalty for removing a face mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship, although congregants are strongly encouraged to wear them.
The requirements to wear a face mask does not apply to:
- Are younger than five years old, though children two years old and older are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering, pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC");
- Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
- Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
- Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere in the activity;
- Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
- Are entering a business or are receiving a service and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
- Are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
- Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;
- Are officiating at a religious service; or
- Are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.
Funeral celebrants, officiants, and presiders, therefore, do not have to wear masks when conducting services.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know we are acting in response to the orders being handed down by the national and state levels.