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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services

Published: 15 Jul 2020
Last updated: 15 Jul 2020 - see all updates

This guidance explains what restrictions are currently in place for funeral services and wider public health guidance relevant for funeral services.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services
Overview

Overview

This guidance explains what restrictions are currently in place for funeral services and wider public health guidance relevant for funeral services as well as offering practical advice on operating in a safe way for staff and the public.

Dedicated guidance has been published for funeral director businesses, burial and cremation authorities and those responsible for places of worship.

We understand the difficulty that ongoing restrictions at funeral services required by the pandemic will have on those who are bereaved.

Families and friends who have lost loved ones during this difficult time are respectfully asked to continue to adhere to all restrictions that are currently in place for funeral services, understanding that these are in place to help protect the health of us all.

Funeral services and the risk of transmission

Throughout this pandemic there will continue to be a risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) wherever families and communities come together following the death of a loved one, from any cause.

Whilst recognising the importance of these rituals and gatherings, it is strongly advised that the actions detailed in this guidance are taken to reduce the potential spread of infection.


First published: 15 Jul 2020 Last updated: 15 Jul 2020 -