The NCA Adjusted COVID Safety Precautions for Committal, Memorial Services

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The NCA Adjusted COVID Safety Precautions for Committal, Memorial Services

Committal service with horse-drawn wagon carrying casket and uniformed officers walking on both sides.

The VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has updated their procedures and restrictions throughout the coronavirus (COVID) pandemic based on the CDC’s recommendations and guidance. Recently, the NCA updated their restrictions on gathering sizes at committal and memorial services in VA national cemeteries. 

The rule that previously placed a limit on the number of persons permitted to attend committal and memorial services in VA national cemeteries has been lifted. The NCA also announced they’re adjusting its rules for visitors and staff members in accordance with the CDC’s new recommendations – while at a national cemetery, fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks and physically distance themselves. 

The NCA is working to restore full operations in a safe manner. While the adaptions of these procedures were originally put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID, the NCA is continuing to operate within the CDC’s most recent recommendations and are pleased families will no longer have to limit the number of people at a service or socially distance themselves if they are fully vaccinated. 

For more information on the NCA’s COVID safety protocols or how to proceed at a national cemetery if you are not fully vaccinated, please read the latest NCA COVID-19 update. 

To find a national cemetery near you, use the NCA’s interactive map for location details and more.

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