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Latest guidance on funeral services

Please click here to download the latest guidance (22 October 2020) from The Cabinet Office advising of the restrictions in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Please note, there may be additional restrictions in place at the service venue or in certain locations due to regional restrictions or individual nation lockdowns.

England: click here for updated guidance published on 23 October 2020

Northern Ireland: Click here for additional guidance from the Department of Health, Northern Ireland, relating to the October 2020 circuit breaker lockdown.

 

On the day

Many firms have now safely re-introduced limousines for bereaved clients, following guidance to ensure they can be used safely, including the use of Perspex screens,  limiting the number travelling to ensure they can sit as far back as possible and additional cleaning. Face coverings are required for passengers and advised for drivers.

Face coverings are required during all indoor funeral services (including places of worship, burial ground chapels and crematoria)

Webcasting/live streaming of the funeral service (using professional or personal devices) may still be possible – thereby enabling other mourners to still participate without putting themselves and others at risk of harm.

Please don’t publicly advertise the funeral details to reduce the risk of other, well-meaning mourners arriving unexpectedly. This is not permitted under current social distancing laws and they may be turned away at the door, which could be distressing for them and the bereaved family. It will also place your employees at unnecessary risk of harm.

Check with the service venue as there may be other changes too.

All charitable collections should be done online.

Further information

England

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Wales

https://gov.wales/guidance-funerals-covid-19

Northern Ireland

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/covid-19-guidance-surrounding-death

Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-funeral-services/

You may find our Frequently Asked Questions useful for further information.

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