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Scotland: Funeral service attendance limits unchanged by Lockdown announcement – but wakes prohibited on mainland

As part of the new lockdown measures for all areas of Scotland currently in level 4 (all of mainland Scotland) announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (4 January), funeral services may continue and in-person attendance at funeral services continues to be limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Funeral-related commemorative events (e.g. scattering of ashes or stone setting) may also continue in an outdoor, public place or in a regulated indoor venue, with a maximum of 20 people in attendance.

However, post-funeral gatherings such as wakes are now prohibited under these new restrictions for mainland Scotland.

The Scottish islands currently in protection level 3 will remain in level 3 and post-funeral gatherings can continue to take place with up to 20 people.

The changes to post-funeral gatherings come into force from Friday 8 January. The restrictions are expected to be in place for at least four weeks, but will be kept under review.

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