TIER 4 restrictions are affecting all areas of daily life, with special rules restricting daily activities such as shopping, weddings and funerals.
While weddings are banned from taking place in coronavirus Tier 4 areas, funerals are still permitted to continue. But what are the rules around attending burials and cremation services?
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Can I go to a funeral in Tier 4?
Yes, but funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people in Tier 4.
Crematoriums remain open for funeral services only.
Burial services can continue in the Cemetery grounds. There are restrictions on the number of those attending.
Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue in Tier 4 areas.
However there is a maximum of up to 6 people allowed to attend to maintain social distancing.
And anyone working at a funeral or grounds is not counted in these limits.
Attendees that do not live together or a share a support bubble are urged to maintain social distancing during a ceremony.
Can I visit cemeteries in Tier 4?
Yes. You can attend a cemetery or a crematorium.
A maximum of 30 mourners can attend a service – but only six people are permitted to attend a wake.
The Government website has more information on all the new rules affecting people who live in a Tier 4 area.
What are the funeral and cemetery rules in Tier 4?
You must follow the government’s guidance on social distancing.
If attending a funeral, you must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.
Attendees must provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace.
Mourners are asked to discourage family and friends who cannot attend the funeral from gathering outside the chapel.
And you must refrain from sharing refreshments in the Cemetery and Crematorium grounds after the funeral.
You should respect social distancing and should not approach staff or walk within two metres of anyone on site.
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