Covid 19 Advisory for
New Jersey Cemeteries and Mortuaries
On August 22nd the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judith Persichilli, revised Executive Directive 20-010 which affects the handling, memorialization and disposition of human remains during the COVID-19 emergency. Please find
revised joint guidance from the Mortuary Science and Cemetery Boards to licensees of both Boards regarding revisions to the Directive and other applicable regulatory changes.
The Cemetery Board licenses and regulates cemetery companies that are not considered religious corporations.
The purpose of the Board is to protect the welfare of the people of New Jersey. The Board accomplishes this by administering the provisions of the laws which deal with cemetery rules and regulations, the sale of lots, cemetery care, billing disputes, charges for services, and management of trusts and endowment funds. It is also responsible for licensing cemetery sales personnel and issuing certificates of authority, which are required to operate a cemetery company.
One of the most important missions of the Board is to ensure that the millions of dollars contained in cemetery Maintenance and Preservation Trust Funds are properly supervised.