COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: June 25, 2020

Physical distancing measures are approaches taken to minimize close contact with others in the community. These include quarantine and self-isolation, avoiding common greeting practices like hugging and handshakes, avoiding crowds, cancelling public/mass gatherings, and implementing workplace measures and closures.

There are many practices Funeral Home Directors can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep staff, families an visitors safe and healthy.

At the funeral home:

  1. Limit the number of family members making visitation/funeral/memorial arrangements to no more than five persons;
  2. Restrict visitation to a gathering of no more than 15 persons at one time (not counting funeral home staff);
  3. Refrain from in-person signing of the guest book and taking memorials/donations. Instead, use online mechanisms for people to offer condolences and give memorials/donations; *If you are contemplating having more than one gathering at one time in a facility (indoor or outdoor), consult the Chief Public Health Officer’s “Multiple Gatherings Guidance” web page.
  4. Funeral and/or memorial services may occur but must follow gathering limitations outlined in #2 and ensure physical distancing.
  5. Cancel and abstain from hosting all public receptions.
  6. Set up your space to accommodate appropriate physical distancing of at least 2-meters or 6-feet from all individuals, at all times.
  7. Do not permit shaking hands, hugging, etc.
  8. Encourage handwashing by making available alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with a minimum of 60% alcohol content) or access to washrooms that are always well stocked with liquid soap and paper towels.
  9. Have extra tissues on hand and a hands-free waste basket for disposal.
  10. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, table-tops, bathrooms and other surfaces.
  11. Staff in Long-term Care facilities and Nursing Homes must refrain from creating receiving lines to honour the decedent.

*Based on the guidance, staggering visitation is permitted. Enhanced cleaning and physical distancing must be followed.

At burials and cemeteries:

  1. Limit gatherings to no more than 20 people (not counting funeral home staff);
  2. Do not permit shaking hands, hugging, etc.;
  3. Practice physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet between individuals and/or households.

*Vehicles are permitted at the cemetery. Individuals should not exit their vehicle or gather, as this may exceed the maximum outdoor gathering limit of no more than 10 persons. This practice is at the discretion of cemetery operators.

Thank you
David K. Smith



At Rooney Funeral Home we understand, we care, and we consider it a privilege to serve you as you prepare to honor and celebrate your loved one.

Rooney Funeral Home is owned and operated by David Smith, a lifelong resident of Alberton, and was founded by the late E. Gerald Rooney in 1955.

For further comfort and reassurance you may reach David or one of his qualified support staff at:

Rooney Funeral Home

419 Main Street
Alberton, Prince Edward Island
Ph: 902-853-2811
Fax: 902-853-3444