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UK: Latest guidance on funeral services

England, Wales and Scotland

In England, Wales and Scotland, there are now no legal limits on the number of people who can attend funerals or commemorative events and venues are not required to follow social distancing rules.  Venue operators may choose to set their own limits.

However, keeping your distance and limiting close contact can help reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19. People who are required to self-isolate, or who are in quarantine following international travel, may be present at a funeral where a legal exemption applies. Keeping a distance of two metres is strongly advised for those attending a funeral during their self-isolation or quarantine period following international travel.

In Wales, face coverings remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. In Scotland and in England they are recommended as a sensible precautionary measure.

Northern Ireland

From 29 July 2021, amended regulations permit 10 people (not including children aged 12 or under) from no more than three households to gather indoors at a private dwelling; or if one household has 10 people, the maximum is increased to 15 people (not including children aged 12 or under) from no more than three households.

Face coverings remain mandatory when entering and leaving a place of worship for a funeral service and it is strongly recommended that they are worn for the duration of the service, particularly when singing or moving around the premises.

Funeral services are not yet permitted at private dwellings and should only take place in places of worship, funeral homes, the City of Belfast Crematorium or at the burial ground.

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