Revised Guidance for Managing a Funeral during the Coronavirus Pandemic – 18 May 2020

Public Health England has published revised guidance on Managing a Funeral during the Coronavirus Pandemic. This revision of the guidance includes changes to the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), and includes advice for mourners on wearing masks whilst travelling to the funeral.

The guidance now reads (changes in bold):

Any mourner who is showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend the funeral as they pose a risk to others; remote participation should be considered

Mourners should also follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral. If mourners are using shared transport with others that they do not normally meet and where social distancing is not possible, they should consider wearing a face covering.

There is additional guidance on the use of face coverings and instructions on how to make your own face coverings.

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