Scottish Government – new ‘lockdown’ measures, 4th January 2021

The First Minister has today (4 Jan) announced new ‘lockdown’ measures for all areas of Scotland currently in level 4 (all of mainland Scotland).

Under these lockdown measures, funeral services may continue and in-person attendance at funeral services continues to be limited to a maximum of 20 people. Funeral-related commemorative events (e.g. scattering of ashes or stone setting) may also continue in an outdoor, public place or in a regulated indoor venue, with a maximum of 20 people in attendance. However, post-funeral gatherings such as wakes are now prohibited under these new restrictions for mainland Scotland. The Scottish islands currently in protection level 3 will remain in level 3 and post-funeral gatherings can continue to take place with up to 20 people.

The changes to post-funeral gatherings come into force from Friday 8 January. The restrictions are expected to be in place for at least four weeks, but will be kept under review.

For more information on how this impacts funerals, you can read the Scottish Government Funeral Industry blog post here.