Washington state limits funerals to immediate family members only

Washington state limits funerals to immediate family members only
© getty: Washington state governor Jay Inslee

Washington state will impose limitations on funerals, allowing only immediate family members to attend in order to follow social distancing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a statement released by Washington's Department of Licensing.

The new limitations apply to all businesses that have funeral, embalmer or cemetery licenses and follows Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington state ferry system scaling back services amid staffing shortages Newsom signs bill requiring California public schools to provide menstrual products Washington state agencies sending separation notices to employees over vaccine mandate MORE's (D) "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Licensed funeral homes and cemeteries may continue to conduct services under the conditions that only immediate family members are in attendance and that attendees abide by CDC guidelines to remain six feet apart.

The statement also said licensed embalmers could continue work following the same guidelines.

Since the outbreak began, Washington has reported a total of 3,723 cases and 175 deaths related to COVID-19, according to the state's Department of Health.