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Scotland: Carrying coffins and taking cords to be allowed from Monday 28 June

Following lobbying from the NAFD Scotland Executive, the Scottish Government has announced that from Monday 28 June, members from more than one household can carry the coffin indoors and outdoors at a funeral service and take a cord at the graveside. This is applicable across all Levels. 

This important ritual has been prohibited in many areas around the country but with other social restrictions being lifted, we have been in dialogue with the Scottish Government to call for an update of regulations to ensure that carrying a coffin and taking a cord – the last earthly acts someone can offer a loved one – were once again permitted at the earliest opportunity.  

We were delighted that the First Minister announced this easing of restrictions on Tuesday and thank the Government for listening to the concerns of our members.  

The Government also updated guidance to allow crematoriums to relay funeral services via speakers to outside areas from Monday. 

The First Minister also indicated that the whole of Scotland will move into Level 0 on July 19, meaning that up to 200 people can attend a funeral and post-funeral event.  

Also from 19 July, physical distancing outdoors will be removed and physical distancing for indoor public areas will reduce to one metre if the data allows. 

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