Covid 19 Advisory for New Jersey Cemeteries and Mortuaries
On April 22nd the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judith Persichilli, signed
Executive Order 20-010 affecting the handling, memorialization and disposition of human remains during the COVID-19 emergency. Please find thejoint guidance from the Mortuary Science and Cemetery Boards to licensees of both Boards regarding the Directive and other applicable regulatory changes.
Importantly, the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is requiring that mortuaries complete a brief online survey of their operational experience each week.
The Mortuary Science survey can be found
In addition, links to the surveys will be on each Board’s website as well as in the attached guidance. Your compliance is required to enable the State to better address the issues you are all experiencing. Survey responses must be completed by noon every Monday until further notice.
Please contact Quin Archer, Executive Director for both Boards, at ArcherQ@dca.njoag.gov if you have any questions.
The State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey was created in 1948. The Board’s mission is to regulate the practice of mortuary science through the enforcement of statutes and regulations that set forth the proper manner for the sanitary treatment, disinfection and preservation of the deceased. The Board strives to achieve these goals while, at the same time, respecting each family’s religious values and meeting the high standards established by regulations put in place by the New Jersey Department of Health regarding the handling of those who have passed away.