COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral in England during the coronavirus pandemic 17th May 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England have updated their guidance on managing a funeral ahead of the introduction of Step 3 easing of lockdown changes on 17th May 2021. The main changes are:

  • Move from capacity limit of 30 at a funeral to no numerical maximum but rather limits defined by the risk assessment of the venue, based on enabling social distancing between attendees including staff
  • Changes to social distancing advice to reflect the move to  risk based approach for individuals
  • Organisers therefore need to enable social distancing as opposed to ensuring social distancing and this should be reflected in seating arrangements
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people are able to attend funerals and should take the risks into their own hands
  • Commemorative events increasing to 30 people
  • Changes to singing advice
  • Changes to enforcement advice including removal of reference to a £10,000 fixed penalty notice as a means of enforcement for high attendance at a funeral

A copy of the Guidance can be viewed here.