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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for burial and cremation authorities

Published: 30 Oct 2020
Last updated: 21 Jul 2021 - see all updates

This guidance is for burial and cremation authorities to help manage their services and also their funeral services during the current pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for burial and cremation authorities
Updates to guidance

Timeline of updates to this guidance

Version

Date

Summary of changes

1

13/04/20

First publication

1.1

15/04/20

- Further emphasis placed on importance of hand hygiene.

- Minor grammatical edit or clarifications throughout.

1.2

20/04/20

- Clarity that symptomatic individuals should not attend funeral services.

1.3

30/04/20

- Reformatting and refinement of document for ease of navigation and reading.

- Refinement of wording on infection risk from deceased, in line with updated in funeral director guidance.

- Inclusion of updated Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 information relevant to cremation authorities and opening of grounds.

- Changing of ‘social distancing’ to ‘physical distancing’ in line with NHS Inform terminology.

1.4

04/06/20

- Removal of funeral services guidance, linking out to separate publication.

- Addition of ashes dispersal information in Section 3.

- Inclusion in Section 4 of further information on restricting numbers of attendees.

- Addition of further infection control measures and precautions under Section 5.

- Refinement of language in Section 6 ‘collection of ashes’ and updating of gov.scot links.

1.5

26/06/20

- Addition of section 7 on test and protect

1.6

15/07/20

- Updated for to take account of phase 3 changes.

- Addition of information advising communal singing should be avoided

- Refinement of precautionary measures.

- Refinement of information relating to Test and Protect.

1.7

07/08/2020

- Updated for mandatory face coverings

1.8

28/10/20

- Updated to include information of the use of speakers at crematoriums and to reflect changes to levels and maximum numbers for funeral attendance

1.9

05/01/21

- General update after review by Public Health Scotland

- updated to incorporate new restrictions following mainland lockdown

2.0

21/01/21

- Changes to protection level of some islands.

 

2.1

26/04/21

Change to attendance max at funeral services and post-funeral gatherings (new levels) and taking body home for viewing from 26 April.

2.2

19/05/21

Changes to protection levels and updated Test and Protect section

 

2.3

09/06/21

Link to Coronavirus (COVID-19): calculating physical distancing capacity in public settings and ventilation advice

 

2.4

25/06/21

Links updated and sections added on carrying the coffin and cords and broadcasting services to outside areas  

2.5

02/07/21

Updated sections about anyone working at a funeral or post-funeral gathering, which now excludes them from the maximum number of attendees.

2.6

15/07/21

-Additions related to upcoming move to level 0.

-Update to the legislative provisions under the Coronavirus Act 2020

2.7

20/07/21

Changes related to move to protection level 0


First published: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 21 Jul 2021 -