The most commonly asked question we receive is:
Question: Are there limitations on public and private gatherings (including funerals and memorial services)
Answer: The following restrictions apply to public and private gatherings defined by Hillsborough County Administrator’s Order to include community, civic, public leisure, faith-based, fitness centers, health clubs, private clubs, theaters, sporting events, concerts, and similar events:
Source: National Funeral Directors Association: https://www.nfda.org/news/in-the-news/nfda-news/id/4972/nfda-announces-new-guidelines-for-funerals-during-covid-19-pandemic
- No more than 10 people if includes elderly adults or people with severe, pre-existing conditions with 6 feet of separation.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions About Funerals and Visitations from the CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention)
Here's Our Message To The Community
The family and staff of Aikens Funeral Home understand the guidelines set forth by the government are a far departure from the warm reunions and social gatherings from our traditional funeral home environment for the families we support. However, for the safety of all of our families who we care deeply for, we must adhere to the guidelines stated by our state and government leaders.
As we continue to feel the increasing impact of the coronavirus, we want to share with you what we are doing to keep our guests and associates healthy and safe.
- Our staff is making every effort possible to keep our workspace, vehicles and equipment clean and sanitized.
- We are sanitizing our arrangement office, viewing rooms and chapels after each use.
- Extra tissue boxes have been placed throughout the funeral home and we’re using sanitizing soap in our restrooms.
- Provisions are being enacted to allow extended family members and friends an opportunity to view loved ones and pay their respects in accordance with CDC recommended guidance for the size of public gatherings, to include funeral, memorial and graveside services.
- We’re implementing services to provide live video streaming at no cost to allow loved ones to observe services from the comfort of their smartphone, tablet or computer.
- We are receiving updates and guidance on how to prevent the further spread of the virus from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as, all state and local government entities.
While we are taking these critical steps to maintain the health and safety of everyone who enters our facility, the CDC has also published important guidelines for our guests and members of the community to follow to help reduce the spread of this virus. Some of these steps include:
- Limiting your outings – this is especially critical for those 60 or older and to those with underlying health challenges.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay away from large group gatherings and practice social distancing of at least six feet when you must be away from your home.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Despite these measures to protect families and employees, there may be some who express concern about coming into the funeral home due to the virus threat. To those we want to convey that much of the arrangement conference can be accomplished over the phone. Contracts and other required documents must be signed, however obituary approvals, etc. can also be handled through email.
The threat of the coronavirus creates a complex and evolving situation for all of us. For the past 40 years, Aikens Funeral Home has been and will remain a steadfast and dependable member of the community. We will get through this threat the same way we always have – together.