On Sunday 19 April, updated guidance on funerals during COVID-19 was released.
Key additional points are:
- Councils should ensure mourners can attend funeral services i person
- Councils should reopen cemeteries to allow bereaved people to visit a grave
- Funeral services should enable those who are self-isolating or in an at-risk/vulnerable group to attend
- Venue managers may set caps on maximum numbers, depending on size of facility, in order to ensure social distancing can be adhered to
- Mourners should be permitted to have a minister of celebrant of choice in attendance
- Where there are aspects of faith include close contact with the deceased, this should be restricted to those who are wearing PPE, and under supervision. This should not include vulnerable/high risk individuals
The Government is also encouraging live streaming and deferred celebrations or memorial services, to enable wider groups of mourners to participate and has restated the importance of not delaying funerals.
It is important to read the guidance in full, which can be found here.