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Increase in Mourner numbers allowed at burial services from next week

Published on Friday, 22nd May 2020

In conjunction with neighbouring councils in Warwickshire and in alignment with our Portfolio Holder, we will be increasing the number of mourners who can attend funerals.

The change will come into force from next Tuesday, 26 May and will mean that the number of mourners will increase to 6 at the graveside and a further 10 within a reasonable distance (5m).

All other requirements set in place remain the same in line with updated Government guidelines.

  • Adequate distance should be observed when travelling together to the cemetery.
  • Individuals displaying symptoms should isolate and not attend.
  • Those who are vulnerable or high risk are advised to remain safe however if attending funerals, they should be supported by making other attendees aware.
  • Backfilling of graves can only be carried out by Cemetery operatives and observed at a safe distance as required.

These measures are in place to ensure the safety of families and employees present at a funeral.

We would like to thank families for their continued understanding during this difficult period.

Cllr Ian Lloyd - Portfolio holder for Arts, Leisure & Cemeteries said:

“It has been a difficult time for the families of those who have passed away and I am very grateful to our residents who have been very understanding of the restrictions that have needed to be put in place over recent weeks in order to adhere to the Government’s guidelines around social distancing and health and safety.

“I am pleased to announce that we are now in a position to increase the number of mourners at funerals while still working within current guidelines to maintain the advised levels of social distancing.”

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