COVID-19 Mask Policy

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We want to let you know that we are continuing to perform our services during these unprecedented times and are here to address your concerns and questions. We are actively monitoring the fluid changes with the COVID-19 situation to ensure a safe facility for the families we serve. We are taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of any illnesses.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have adhered to the mandated guidelines set forth by the direction of the CDC, State & Local Government, Medical Examiner/Coroner and all Funeral Director Association protocols. We have adhered to facility limitations and changed how we do visitations and services to follow the limits of ten people in our facility to 25 to 50 people to 250. There is currently no limit in our building. We want you to know that mandates have been followed by Hitzeman Funeral Home to ensure our business is safe for the families we serve.

With the recent announcement by the CDC lifting the need for masks by those fully-vaccinated inside buildings, it has put in undue burden on our family that we serve and our business. CDC has changed their view on masks. Wearing a mask by all was necessary to save lives according to the CDC. We were told it was important to wear a mask to protect others. It is hypocritical for the CDC to announce that mask-wearing is not essential for everyone –vaccinated or not.

The CDC has stated that while vaccines have helped, they are not 100% effective for the general population. There is still a chance a vaccinated person can get COVID. COVID can still be transmitted by vaccinated people because they can be asymptomatic so without knowing they could be spreading COVID to others. There is a higher rate of vaccinated people who are asymptomatic with COVID.
To learn more about recommendations for fully vaccinated people and what the CDC understands and is still learning, please read more at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html

It is unmerited that now the Federal Government is putting the decision in the hands of the small businesses after months of small businesses having to follow their mandates. We have no means to take action against an unvaccinated person who refuses to wear a mask nor does any business.

At Hitzeman Funeral Home, face masks will still be encouraged especially if a family requests that masks be worn. We will abide by the family’s wishes of the contracted family. Should the family require masks, please extend the courtesy to the family and wear your mask.

We provide services to the community similar to the first responders. We are here if and when you need us most. Our main concern is for the safety and well being of the families we serve, the community, general public and our staff. Therefore, we are taking every precaution to ensure the protection of all. Our high standards of service, is equal to our well-maintained and clean facility. We will continue to care about our community regardless of if you are vaccinated or not.

Please help us to keep everyone safe by continuing the common practices of:

 Wash your hands often.
 Don’t touch your face.
 Stay home, if you are sick.

We, at Hitzeman Funeral Home, take great pride in serving the community and want to have you here for years to come. We look forward to resuming our lounge operations and Celebration of Life bar package. We pride ourselves with our ability to help every family and will do so through this difficult time as we have always done for the last 117 years.

We are here for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (708) 485-2000. A family member or staff will personally answer your call 24 hours a day.

Take care of yourself and check on your loved ones!

Respectfully,

The Hitzeman Family & Staff

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