Lockdown in England from 5th November – funerals and related events

The Prime Minister of England has announced that, subject to approval by Parliament, from Thursday 5th November England will be placed on a month long lockdown, during which people will be told to stay at home except for specific reasons.Currently it is proposed that during the lockdown funerals can continue, with up to a maximum of 30 people and it is advised that only close family and friends attend. Linked ceremonial events can also continue, but will be subject to a maximum of 15 people. On the Government website the following information is given:

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

To broadcast acts of worship
Individual prayer
Formal childcare or where part of a school
Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
Other exempted activities such as some support groups