While the coronavirus has forced many businesses to temporarily shut down, one that needs to carry on is funeral homes. Brian Dingmann a board member on the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association says they are having to find creative ways to help families gather while maintaining the guidelines of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health:

“A lot of funeral homes are offering live streaming services. Inviting just immediate family a host group together to have some sort of service now. And then moving forward with that and allowing others to join in with the live streaming.”

Dingmann says, if more businesses are ordered shut in the coming days, he believes funeral homes will fall under the category of essential services. He says back in 2008 during the H1N1 virus the Department of Homeland Security placed funeral homes in the Tier II level, which meant they would need to continue to go to work.