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Minimising the risk of transmission

Funeral directors remain absolutely committed to supporting all bereaved people, but remain rightly cautious about increasing the risk of transmission to both at-risk groups of mourners and to all those in key worker roles.

In England, Wales and Scotland, while 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.

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, face coverings remain mandatory during a funeral service; exemptions from this are the person leading the ceremony and the person providing a eulogy.  In England they are recommended as a sensible precautionary measure in crowded spaces.

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.

Further information

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

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