Funerals during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 16 July 2021

Our cemeteries remain open and operational and we would ask all those attending to remain aware of the risks posed by being attending funerals. We would ask that you remain respectful of our staff and contractors as they try to advise and keep everyone safe at this difficult time

COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

There are no legal limits on the number of people who can attend funerals or commemorative events. Those attending, arranging or managing such events should consider that it may be harder to manage the risk of spreading COVID-19 if spaces are crowded.

From 19 July, you will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with, and venues are not required to follow social distancing rules. However, keeping your distance and limiting close contact can help reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19. People who are self-isolating or who are in quarantine following international travel may be present at a funeral where a legal exemption applies. Keeping a distance of 2 metres is strongly advised for those attending a funeral during their self-isolation or quarantine period following international travel.

Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting. However the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas.