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COVID-19 updates - cemeteries

From Monday 20th April 2020, our cemeteries will re-open to the public. However, funeral restrictions will remain in place and we ask that if visiting the cemeteries, you please adhere to the following guidance:

  1. Social distancing must be observed at all times; you should stay at least 2 metres away from other people at all times unless they are members of your own household. Full government guidelines on social distancing, self-isolation and hygiene, can be found here. Please read the guidelines before visiting the cemetery and wash your hands when you get home. Anyone who may fall into vulnerable groups or have underlying heath conditions are recommended to stay at home and keep safe.
  2. In order to protect staff, please do not approach or get close to any ground maintenance operatives or funeral directors in the cemetery.
  3.  If a funeral is taking place (or a grave has been excavated) then you must stay away from that area.
  4. Please do not visit the cemetery if you are displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) which include either:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • More advice can be found on the NHS website: 


Funeral restrictions

There will be no further burials of cremated remains, other than those that have previously booked.

Full coffin burials will take place, however as per Government guidelines there will be restrictions. From Tuesday 26th May 2020, we will be increasing the number of mourners who can attend funerals to a total of 16. This allows for:

  • six mourners at the graveside
  • ten further mourners at an appropriate distance at least 5 metres away (this may be subject to change)

The FBCA (Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities) have indicated that these 16 mourners should be made up of the following: 

  1. members of the person’s household
  2. close family members
  3. or if the above are unable to attend, close friends

Memorial restrictions

Masons with existing permits will be allowed to erect memorials but we will not issue further permits or memorialisation rights during the pandemic.

Contacting the cemeteries office

If contacting the cemetery office and we are unable to answer, leave a voicemail or send an email about your request and we will aim to respond as quickly as possible.

  • Further information and application forms are available on our cemetery website pages.

Last updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020

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