To our Community,
As our situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we remain deeply committed to the health and well-being of the families we serve, our team of dedicated professionals and visitors to the Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home.
The Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home remains open and our staff is available 24 hours a day to assist families in their time of need. In order to provide comfort, if your preference is to social distance, our funeral home staff respects your decision and are prepared to come to your home or assist you by telephone or video conference to discuss your families needs.
As we continue to welcome the families we serve to gather and pay tribute to their loved ones, our most recent mandate as of September 14th from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is as follows -
Proof of Vaccination Requirement for Funerals -
On Sept. 14, 2021, the government released regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements for patrons.
This Notice to the Profession provides guidance regarding how these requirements apply to the bereavement sector.
Proof of vaccination requirements do not apply to:
- Funeral services including rites, ceremonies, visitations, receptions, or social gatherings held in places of worship.
- Funeral services including rites, ceremonies, visitations, receptions, or social gatherings held in funeral establishments, cemeteries, crematoriums, and similar establishments that provide bereavement services and are licensed to operate under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002.
- Funeral services conducted in any indoor setting, limited to the actual funeral rites or ceremonies, but not an associated social gathering or reception. These settings can include any meeting or event space, conference centre, or convention centre.
Proof of vaccination requirements apply to social gatherings or receptions associated with a funeral service, rite, or ceremony in a meeting or event space, conference centre, or convention centre.
Additional information in these Government of Ontario links:
- Ontario Regulation
- Sept. 14 News Release
- Sept. 14 Backgrounder/FAQ PDF
- Sept. 14 Ministry of Health Guidance document PDF
-Carey Smith, CEO/Registrar
Measures from the previous Registrar’s Directive remain in place:
Registrar’s Directive: Capacity limits removed; Physical distancing, mask-wearing requirements remain
The BAO is issuing this Registrar’s Directive in alignment with the Government of Ontario’s Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen announcement.
If you plan to pay your respects during visitation or attend a funeral service, we ask that you please offer greetings and condolences with words of comfort or with a hand over your heart, instead of traditional handshaking or hugs. We also ask families during these difficult times to welcome others to observe from their homes, through our live-streaming service.
We also remain committed to supporting the steps being taken to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and doing our part to reduce transmission. Our staff members are doing everything possible at work and outside of work to limit their exposure, and to remain healthy in order to serve you and to protect their families and our community from the spread of the virus.
As we continue to monitor these unprecedented times, we thank you for your efforts in helping us to maintain a safe environment for our families and our community which we are honoured to serve, while we continue to care for people in their time of need.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have been directly affected by this virus and all who are working tirelessly to care for them.
Helpful Links –
The City of Pembroke
Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Ontario Ministry of Health
Bereavement Authority of Ontario