Do I Still Have to Wear a Mask?

Many families wonder if a mask is still required to attend a funeral since Governor Greg Abbot announced on March 3rd that the Texas mask mandate is ending.  People are also asking if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine is a mask still required to attend a funeral? The answer is yes to both of these questions. We are still experiencing many deaths due to COVID-19. From this perspective, “It’s better to view than to be viewed.” We love all those who visit our home as guests, but we are not ready to serve you as a customer.  So why should you wear a mask?

1. Protect Yourself.

The vaccine does not guarantee complete immunity.The currently authorized mRNA vaccines have been found to provide up to 95% immunity against COVID-19. That means there is still a small chance that you could get infected.

2. Protect Others.

Many people attend funerals that fall into the “high-risk” category and deserve the right to say goodbye in a safe environment. We want to be kind and respectful of the living’s health needs. It’s unclear whether or not people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine have the ability to spread the virus to others, even if they don’t become sick themselves. Researchers are now studying whether the vaccines prevent asymptomatic transmission of the virus.

3. Goodbyes are Forever… Masks are Temporary… Herd Immunity Takes Time.

The vaccine is not available to everyone yet. For herd immunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19, enough people would have to become immune, through vaccination, to stop the virus. It’s unknown what percentage of the population would need to get vaccinated to limit the virus’s spread this way.  

You only get one chance to say goodbye. The period of having to wear a mask will soon be a part of our history. Until then, Harrell Funeral Home desires to keep every person that enters our facility safe. We want to show kindness and respect to those who are at greater risk. Our staff must wear masks, and we ask our guests to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Thank you for helping us do our part to stop the spread of the virus.

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