Updated Guidance for Managing a Funeral in England – 17th May 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England have updated their guidance on managing a funeral ahead of the introduction of Step 3 easing of lockdown changes on 17th May 2021.
The main changes are:
- Move from capacity limit of 30 at a funeral to no numerical maximum but rather limits defined by the risk assessment of the venue, based on enabling social distancing between attendees including staff
- Changes to social distancing advice to reflect the move to risk based approach for individuals
- Organisers therefore need to enable social distancing as opposed to ensuring social distancing and this should be reflected in seating arrangements
- Clinically extremely vulnerable people are able to attend funerals and should take the risks into their own hands
- Commemorative events increasing to 30 people
- Changes to singing advice
- Changes to enforcement advice including removal of reference to a £10,000 fixed penalty notice as a means of enforcement for high attendance at a funeral
More information on this can be found through the following link.
In light of the above, the Chapel at St Andrew’s Cemetery is now open and may be used for funeral services.