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Government updates funerals guidance in England

Guidance for members of the public who are involved in arranging and attending a funeral has now been updated, to reflect the changes to restrictions on funerals in England from 17 May, Step 3 of the roadmap for lifting lockdown. 

The key changes are the following:

  • Change from capacity limit of 30 at a funeral to no numerical maximum but rather limits defined by the risk assessment of the venue, based on enabling 2 metre social distancing between individuals within the venue, whether inside or outside.
  • Increase from 15 to up to 30 attendees permitted at commemorative events.
  • Changes to social distancing advice where attendees, with considering of the risk, can choose to have close contact with friends and family during the service.
  • Event organisers/ venue managers therefore need to enable social distancing as opposed to ensure social distancing between those attending the event.
  • Tweaks to advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in line with changes to social distancing advice.

We expect the longform guidance for funeral professionals to be updated shortly and will pass this on as soon as it is released.

Link to the public guidance which comes into effect on Monday 17 May: COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic – GOV.UK (











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