Funeral director fears breach of religious freedom with two-week ban on burials


A funeral director has pointed to possible constitutional breaches by the government with the restriction on burials as part of COVID-19 prevention measures.

Scott Roman, Director at Roman’s Funeral Home, argues that the restriction will interfere with the religious practices of certain groups which bury their loved ones within days of death.

The measures, announced on Sunday by the Prime Minister, include a ban on funerals and burials for two weeks.

The Jamaican Constitution makes provisions for freedom of religion, and the issue of whether the restriction actually breaches this freedom would have to be determined by a court.

Mr Roman, speaking Monday on Radio Jamaica’s Beyond the Headlines, said based on his experience in the funeral industry there could be a conflict in relation to the two-week ban on burials.




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