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Local funeral home feels impact of coronavirus

Raven Brown
Updated: March 19, 2020 11:15 PM
Created: March 19, 2020 02:48 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Funeral homes across the greater Rochester area are taking extra precautions when it comes to serving their guests.

“The only way to control this is to have invitations so families are being told we can have certain services but we have to stay within that limitation to keep everyone safe in the community,” Bartolomeo and Perotto funeral director David Perotto said.

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Perotto said families are understanding as new rules continue to come out. 

“We had a couple that were scheduled like a week and half ago and with the new rule coming down they said 'We really don't want to do that, we’re not comfortable disinviting people.’ So they're going to wait till this passes and reschedule for a later date,” Perotto said.

They are practicing social distancing in their visitation rooms, but Perotto said business is getting slow. 

“We had three this week that had to cancel,” Perotto said.

If they do get a body that's been infected with the virus, Perotto said they'll be there for the families and follow any guidelines to have a safe funeral.

“We kind of follow the lead with the Monroe County Medical Examiners, so if things do get worse, they will be giving us some directives,” Perotto said. “Right now the status quo is handling the way we do normally and we haven’t heard anything at this point to kind of wrap that up yet.”


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