Gov. Andy Beshear, with guidance from the Center for Disease Control, The World Health Organization, The Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and The National Funeral Directors Association, set forth guidelines as it pertains to Kentucky deaths and funeral services.
Beshear’s requirements are that no public visitations or funerals be held at this time — only private services with a small number of family members in attendance. In addition, CDC guidelines dictate that gatherings consist of 10 or fewer people.
All Boyd County funeral homes — Caniff, Lazear, Miller, Neal-Kilgore & Collier, Preston and Steen — have adopted those guidelines and will adhere to them until further notice.
“We stand united in doing our part to compassionately care for and serve our community,” stated a press release Friday. “We appreciate your cooperation in working with us in honoring your loved ones in ways that are meaningful, and that also take into consideration current federal and state guidelines regarding public health and safety. As a caring community, we are facing the challenges that are arising with the coronavirus.”
Funeral homes are open and serving families, in according with these temporary guidelines.