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Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Funerals Rules
As lockdown rules and national restrictions continue we are still committed to ensuring that everyone attending funerals can say goodbye safely.
Here are some of the guidelines that have been issued, both by the Government and by individual crematoria and cemeteries. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.
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Firstly – If you are feeling unwell and feel you may pose a risk by attending a funeral, we would advise you to follow the NHS guidelines.
Whilst the government is encouraging people to attend funerals, there are still limits being placed on the number of people who our allowed to attend and how they should take place. We have provided details of the current local authorities’ decisions below.
As a responsible business, we have also been putting in place additional procedures and been liaising with others like us to manage current plans and consider future requirements. We also are keen to safeguard ourselves and those who might come into contact with us we continue to do this.
National guidance for attending funerals in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For details of local lockdown rules and restrictions in different areas of the UK, please view gov.co.uk webpage. Under all alert levels, funeral services remain subject to Government guidelines as set out on the official webpage. however, local authorities may impose more stringent requirements if they feel it is appropriate to do so.
funerals in leicester during lockdown
Under current government guidelines, up to 30 people may attend a funeral, and 6 people may attend a linked commemorative event. Wakes should not be held. Anyone working at these events is not included in the limits.
Leicester Cemetery and Crematoria Current Funerals Rules
Face coverings are now mandatory at all funerals. Nationally published exemptions will be accepted.
Singing, chanting, playing of instruments that are blown, or activities needing/causing people to project their voices loudly are discouraged.
The national restrictions limit for a funeral allowed to attend is 30 (although some crematoria may require less due to their size so please do review the individual crematoria details below) – Wakes are not included in the funeral attendance allowance – see above ‘National Guidelines’ for further information.
In Leicester, the current situation is that up to 30 members of the family may attend the burial or cremation plus the funeral director team.
Webcasting is available at Crematoriums and is currently being offered.
Time in the chapel is limited strictly to 30 minutes (this includes entry and exit times) even though the actual slot is 45 minutes, to enable cleaning after each service.
Collection of cremated remains will not be allowed during the emergency period – no charge will be made for the storage of ashes during this period.
No family backfilling of graves is allowed.
All the cemeteries have amended their opening times for the general public during weekday working hours to give greater access to people visiting graves. This means there is more limited availability for funerals burials to take place. Burials are currently being booked in the mornings, with one day each week closed to burials, but open for visitor access.
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What we are doing
As part of our planning, we have considered and will continue to consider, a range of infection control options in line with the latest advice given by Public Health England. We are also working with partners, such as local crematoria and burial grounds, to ensure we comply with their coronavirus pandemic procedures.
It goes without saying that if we find ourselves in a position of increased risk to health, or at risk of furthering the spread of coronavirus infections then we may need to make some hard and possibly uncomfortable decisions. But please be assured that we remain committed to caring for you and the people who have died as best as we possibly can during these uncertain times.
At this point in time we are doing the following:
In order to keep our premises as clean and clear as possible, we have been limiting the number of people who enter them, as far as possible funeral arrangements, therefore, may take place over the telephone, zoom, skype or other appropriate video conferencing tools. We may be able to meet at our premises or an appropriate outdoor area; weather and space permitting.
Before we collect the person who has died, we may ask you a series of questions related to coronavirus/COVID-19 to ensure we are best equipped to safely deal with your circumstances.
Arrangements for signing paperwork may take place remotely either by post, electronically, or by dropping papers round to people’s homes. Please be assured we will help you through the correct completion of all paperwork.
Spending time with the person who has died- we can offer this on a case-by-case basis so if this is important to you please discuss it with us. We may be able to offer a ‘virtual’ viewing service if circumstances prevent you from physically being able to enter our premises.
Our team may be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) even when the risk is deemed to below.
If the service was due to take place at a venue where live webcasting is available, then this may be a viable option. We will help to ensure this is implemented and to communicate the details to others via our website.
We may not be able to bring a person back into your home before a funeral at this period in time – please discuss with us if this is important.
We are now able to offer a limousine service again. Funeral cars have been fitted with screens to protect both driver and passengers, providing 6 seats for family members.
To protect everyone in our community, our team has been instructed not to shake hands and to stand a safe distance apart. We’ll still be warm and friendly – just from a slight distance.
Track and trace information is required to be collected for all people attending a funeral. We will ask the lead mourner to complete and return a form to us with this information before the funeral.
We may request that we take the coffin into the chapel or venue before all other guests, and no staff member is required to stay in the chapel during the service. We will however remain on-hand outside should we be needed.
Venues may cancel at short notice, or the rules may change about only immediate family being able to attend. Under these circumstances, we will make every effort to replace the ceremony with something meaningful, but it may be necessary to arrange a memorial service or thanksgiving ceremony at a later date. We will be more than happy to help with these arrangements in the future if required.
We believe strongly that ritual and ceremony are so important when someone dies, and although the rules may change and it may not be possible to take place in person, we would encourage people still to engage a minister or celebrant to help remember and talk about the person who has died.
In the case of Coronavirus related deaths, where the situation worsens, we may have to arrange a prompt funeral to prevent unnecessary storage and handling of the person who has died.
At our premises
Wearing of face coverings: it is mandatory for people to wear face coverings in shops / retail premises. Anyone coming into our premises must wear a face covering. Children under the age of 11 and people with certain disabilities are exempt.
In our premises this year, we added to our already high standards of infection control by:
Implementing a twice-daily clean-down of all reachable surfaces, door handles, light switches, etc.
Replacing towels in the public toilet with disposable paper towels
Implementing a hand sanitising station on entry to the building and requiring all who enter to sanitise or wash their hands immediately.
Placed disinfectant sprays and hand sanitisers into our vehicles
As a team, we are working remotely as far as is possible and only meeting up where necessary.
A full clean-down is carried out after any person, other than a regular staff member, has been on the premises.
Other possible considerations
With regards to other details, we need to make you aware of the following possibilities:
Collection from home or nursing home: We are collecting people who have died in their home or nursing home. Each situation will be treated individually, however, so please do call and we will advise of the next best steps at the time you call.
Service times at crematoria may be altered to cope with increased demand.
We may need to bring in additional staff to help with increased need. Please be assured we will still be operating to the highest standards of care and ensure that there is always at least one permanent staff member in attendance.
We may have to adapt our working practices to adhere to any new rules that are imposed during this period.
As a business we pride ourselves on our ability to remain flexible at difficult times – we will continue to be so during these changing circumstances.
We will update this page as soon as anything changes.
Thank you for your patience.