Public Health England has issued further guidance, including exceptions to current stay-at-home advice.
There is an increased risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) where families and communities come together following the death of a loved one, from any cause.
Who can attend a funeral?
Attendees can only be:
- members of the person’s household
- close family members and close friends
- a celebrant of choice (if requested).
There may be limits on how many people can attend the funeral in order to ensure everyone is safe. Discuss your specific needs with your funeral director or crematoria who will advise on any specific limits.
The guidance also advises:
- people with symptoms of coronavirus must not attend (stay at home)
- keep numbers of attendees as low as possible
- keep to social distancing at all times during the funeral and on the journey to and from the funeral
- people who are extremely clinically vulnerable (shielded) can attend with measures to reduce their risk
- people self-isolating because someone in their household is ill may attend if they don't have symptoms themselves
- after the funeral please leave the cemetery or crematorium on time to allow mourners of other funerals to arrive without further risk to social distancing measures.
Social distancing for mourners
Guidance to stay safe includes:
- keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from others
- wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser. Do this particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas
- when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue then throw it away. If you don't have a tissue, use the crook of your sleeved arm (not your hands).