Milledgeville and Baldwin County funeral homes have issued a joint statement regarding funeral services amid the coronavirus pandemic:
“We are faced with unprecedented times as our nation and world leaders scramble to deal with the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
School districts, airlines, hotels, sports events, houses of worship, are all being confronted with decisions on how to respond in the interim.
On behalf of all funeral service professionals in the Milledgeville/Baldwin County community, we have all come together in this time, in the spirit of unity, and the desire to both serve our community, and maintain our oaths as guardians of public health our professional organizations, on both the state and national level, have been in ongoing discussions with the CDC in Atlanta to establish the safest possible protocol for funeral services over the coming weeks. Representatives from all funeral homes within Milledgeville and Baldwin County have agreed to adhere to these guidelines, in the interest of keeping the families we serve, along with their friends and loved ones safe and healthy during this time.
The guidelines currently are:
- Services will be limited to graveside services with attendance restricted to immediate family (suggested 10 to 12 people) with social distancing of 6 feet.
- No limousines or shuttles with multiple people in an enclosed space.
- No public visitations. People may still stop to sign a register book, or view independently, but no formal gathering.
- No church or chapel services, as they would enclose a possible large number of people in a confined space.
- No gatherings of 10 or more.
- Family conferences or arrangements conferences limited to two family members.
- Observe all protocols necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.
We encourage/request no physical contact between funeral attendees.
These guidelines should be expected to remain in place for at least the next two weeks, and may be updated as new information becomes available.
As a unified front within our community, it is our sincere hope that by following these guidelines, we can hopefully all do our part to keep our
community safe and healthy.
Should you have any questions, we encourage you to call on any of us.”
Williams Funeral Home & Crematory
Slater’s Funeral Home
Peoples Funeral Home
Moore’s Funeral Home & Crematory
Hurt’s & Sons Funeral Home