Today, Saturday 4 July, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020 were updated, seeking to ease restrictions on attending a funeral, up to the maximum capacity for each funeral venue (but no more than 30 people in total) – other than for Leicester, where there is a local lockdown and for which separate regulations have been published.
The specific legislation stating that only close family members and households may attend has also been removed.
The principle change is that the upper limit for attendance is defined by the capacity of the funeral venue, however there can be no more than 30 people in attendance – even if the venue has a greater capacity
You can read the regulations here.
Separate regulations were published covering the current local lockdown in Leicester, indicating that restrictions on funeral attendance should remain limited to close family, household and, if venue numbers permit, close friends only.
You can read the Leicester regulations here.
We are expecting updated PHE guidance on attending funerals shortly, from Government, and will provide further information on these as soon these changes are confirmed and set to come into force. Until that’s published the current PHE guidance on who may attend a funeral hasn’t changed.