BONNEY WATSON is closely monitoring and evaluating the ever-changing status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is impacting both our local communities and the world at large.
We want to assure all of you that we are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all those who place their trust in us, including our employees, client families, guests, and the communities we are privileged to serve.
The Governor has sent an update to his restrictions enacted by the State of Washington that allows for funeral or graveside services for attendees with no social distancing restrictions in place as long as every attendee is vaccinated. In the interest of protecting the safety and wellness of our employees, the families we serve, and the public at large, we have adopted the following operating practices:
- All of our facilities will be open to the general public. Masks will be required for all non-vaccinated visitors.
- All ceremonies, visitations, and committal services will be limited to attendees based upon social distancing guidelines unless ALL attendees are vaccinated. Prior to entrance, attendees will be required to sign a statement declaring that they have received their final vaccine shot at least 14 days prior to the scheduled activity.
- If masks are required, anyone attending a scheduled activity is required to provide their own mask and wear it for the duration of the activity.
- Client families will be given the option of completing their arrangements remotely unless they prefer an in-person appointment.
The CDC has provided helpful answers to frequently asked questions about how the COVID-19 virus impacts funerals at the following link – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#funerals.
We are facing a truly unique time as the situation with the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, and we recognize that this affects everyone in different ways. As the oldest continuously operating business in the State of Washington, we recognize the importance of the rituals and traditions you hold dear, and we realize how these restrictions impact your ability to honor your loved one the way you wish.
Even in these uncertain times, BONNEY WATSON remains committed to serving your family with the utmost empathy, respect, and professionalism; and we are available 24 hours per/day, 7 days per/week to assist you with the care of your loved one. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help or if you have any questions – (206) 242-1787.
We appreciate your understanding.
Cameron A. Smock