Because of social distancing and quarantines, the traditional funeral are not allowed to happen as expected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told funeral homes that services can be done, but they should be limited. If possible the service should be done online.
The CDC says any event that has more than 50 people should be postponed or canceled until May 10. The White House said that there shouldn't be any gatherings of 10 people or more until March 31 to help flatten the curve. Funerals come under those rules, the National Funeral Directors Association said.
While some families understand why they can’t have an in-person service, it doesn’t help the emotional pain. There are also some technological challenges with livestreaming a funeral.
"It was sad that my grandmother, a woman known for her love of large gatherings, parties and get-togethers, would have her final service be in front of only 10 of her loved ones. It was sad that even with today's technology it was so difficult to hear her eulogy, and it was sad knowing we couldn't share those final moments together as a family," Garett Galindo told CNN.
The CDC says there is no known risk of transferring the virus from a person who died from COVID-19 to someone attending their funeral. But the agency is still learning how the virus is transmitted, so they suggest that mourners do not touch the remains.
As for funeral directors, they're being told to follow normal infection prevention procedures. A person who died from coronavirus can be buried or cremated but states and local governments may have additional rules for someone who died from some infectious diseases, the CDC said.