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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services

Published: 10 Sep 2020
Last updated: 10 Sep 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services
Funeral wakes/post-funeral gatherings

Funeral wakes/post-funeral gatherings 

Wakes can (from 14 September 2020) take place in regulated venues (e.g. hospitality venues) with up to 20 people in attendance. It is hoped that this will offer greater consistency for those arranging funeral services, and post-funeral gatherings.

Outwith regulated venues, any gathering must adhere to the general rules on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Organised occasions such as meals or gatherings to mark a significant event like a funeral will understandably involve people who know one another well, and who may wish to greet and engage with one another. Consequently, the requirements for physical distancing, hygiene and other mitigation measures should be carefully followed both by the venues hosting such occasions and those attending the events. 

See: guidance for the hospitality sector.

First published: 10 Sep 2020 Last updated: 10 Sep 2020 -