Scotland – Covid-19

26 March 2020 – The Status of Funeral Directors as Key Workers

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on the status of funeral directors and key workers. The guidance can be viewed here.

26 March 2020 – Update on the Registration of Death Procedures in Scotland

Following the coming into force of the Coronavirus Act 2020, there have been changes to the registration of deaths and stillbirths procedures in Scotland. Documents explaining those changes can be found by clicking the links below:

Letter from Deputy Registrar General to Registrars and Registration Managers

Guidance to Scottish Local Authorities for the Ongoing Provision of Registration Services During a Pandemic Situation

Guidance for Scottish Local Authorities on the Registration of Deaths and Still-births When Registration Offices are Closed to the Public During a Pandemic

26 March 2020 – Suspension of the Review of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death.

Under the UK Coronavirus Act 2020, Scottish Ministers have made the decision today to suspend the referral of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCD) to the Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) for review.  This came into effect from 14:00 today (26 March).

This decision has been made to enable the DCRS to deploy their resources to focus on supporting urgent COVID-19 work.

The effect of the suspension on existing reviews under the 2011 Act is set out in paragraphs 3 to 5 of schedule 14 of the 2020 Act, and the suspension will be in effect until revoked by Direction of the Scottish Ministers under paragraph 2 of schedule 14 of the 2020 Act. The Coronavirus Act 2020 can be viewed here. The Direction suspending the referral of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCD) to the Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) can be viewed here.

26 March 2020 – Public Health Scotland has published updated guidance, which includes appropriate handling of Covid-19 Deceased. The guidance, which links to UK-wide advice on pandemic coronavirus infection control, can be found here.

25 March 2020 – The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the nation on Monday night on what the new lockdown measures mean for Scotland. She noted measures specific to funerals, details of which can be found here.

A newsletter issued by the Scottish Government on 25 March 2020 can be found here.