Antigua Relaxes Covid Funeral Policy

Bijoux

Sep 9, 2022

The government is moving to change the rules relating to the burial of persons who died from Covid-19

People who died from Covid are usually buried within 24 hours and their caskets are kept closed.

Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister Lionel Max Hurst says Cabinet is considering allowing the burial to take place within seven days

“Instead of a forced burial within 24 hours, the Cabinet is considering allowing the burial to take place within 7 days within death and to allow a funeral as well”, Hurst said

There is also some relaxation of the policy to have a church service. Hurst said the coffin will be opened at a funeral home and viewing will be permitted however no one can touch the body.

“A church service will also be allowed. I have been to a few funerals where people had died from Covid and the casket was sealed and that wasn’t a good experience,” Hurst said.

Residents have welcomed the move since it allows them to have a proper church service and burial for their loved ones.

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