Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a guidance document for Churches and Houses of Worship on Monday, which includes funerals. Click here to read more.
The Governor also released the “Open Texas Report,” which outlines the three-phased strategy to reopen Texas in a safe manner. Click here to download the report.
Taking into consideration the guidance issued by the Governor and the Attorney General,Harrell Funeral Home will implement the following policy effective immediately.
Harrell Funeral Home will conduct funeral services and visitations inside each of our funeral home locations. The number of guests permitted to attend is based on the size of the Chapel and the ability to seat people 6 feet apart from each other and skipping every other row. The Austin and Kyle Chapel can each hold up to 40 people in the chapel at the same time. The Dripping Springs location should not exceed 20 people. People attending graveside services should be spaced 6 feet apart. Family household units are exempt from the 6 feet spacing.
Harrell Funeral Home’s Role:
- An employee will open the door to minimize anyone touching surfaces.
- Harrell staff will be wearing gloves and a mask as they assist you with sitting 6 feet apart from other attendees. Family household units may sit with each other.
- Surfaces will be sanitized and cleaned before and after all services.
- Harrell staff will be available to assist you in signing the Registry book.
- Provide a designated area reserved for at-risk guests to sit during the service.
- At the family’s request, we will provide a virtual experience for those unable to attend.
Funeral Attendees Responsibility:
- Please bring your own mask. Masks will be required for everyone attending. Masks will not be provided for guests.
- Social distancing of 6 feet between you and other people is expected. Please avoid shaking hands or physical contact with the members of the family or other guests. Direct eye contact, loving words, and a warm smile can be as meaningful to the families as a traditional handshake or hug, especially during these difficult times.
- Please sanitize your hands before entering the funeral home.
- Please do not attend any services if you are feeling ill, have been around anybody that has been sick, or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or is suspected to have within the last 14 days. We strongly encourage people who are immune compromised or at-risk to participate remotely in services that are live-streamed.