Update On Covid-19 Regulations


Dear Friends,

On November 16, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds addressed Iowans and reviewed her latest Public Health Proclamation. This Proclamation went into effect at 12:01 AM, November 17, 2020 and goes through at least December 10, 2020. I would like to share the changes that Governor Reynolds enacted that affect funeral services, graveside services, memorial services and visitations. The first thing to clarify is that all these service types are still allowable with some modifications that are as follows.

  1. Funeral and memorial services ARE ALLOWABLE at the funeral home or a church, however, social distancing and masks are MANDATORY.
  2. Open visitations ARE ALLOWABLE. This is a situation where visitors can come and go throughout the day. No more than 15 people are in the building at a time.
  3. Outdoor gatherings including committal services and graveside services may not have any more than 30 people. (ask you funeral director for details)
  4. Pallbearer and Family service vehicles are not currently available.

Kale Funeral Home has and continues to remain diligent in keeping public safety as its top priority during these difficult times. The following items are currently in place to maintain the safety of the public as well as our staff.

  • Entrance and exit doors are clearly marked with the intention of creating a flow that does not allow cross traffic in the building.
  • Masks are a mandatory requirement of all visitors to enter the building and are required of our staff when interacting with any of the public.
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes are available throughout the building
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of door handles, high traffic areas and non-porous surfaces are completed every two (2) hours.
  • Barrier shields are available and utilized as needed.
  • Clean and sanitized pens are available at the register book.
  • Service folders and memorial donation envelopes are available for guests on a dedicated table in the chapel versus being handed out by staff
  • Public restrooms and water fountains are closed at this time.
  • Our buildings HVAC system is equipped with sanitizing airs scrubbers.
  • Arrangement conferences are limited to four (4) people. These conferences are also available virtually through Zoom upon request.
  • Our funeral home utilizes Family Link which allows a family to provide biographical and service information from the comfort of their home. (ask your funeral director for details)
  • Live streaming of funeral, memorial and graveside services are available at no extra cost during the pandemic.
  • Drive thru visitation is also an option at our locations. This is when the family can greet callers as they remain in their cars and pull through the garage to express condolences to the family. (your funeral director can explain in more detail.)

Again, it is our mission to keep everyone safe during this time while providing the highest level of service to you, your family and loved ones. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Todd Kale
The Kale Family and Staff of Kale Funeral Homes

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