On 21st April 2020 the Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Care, signed the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
This clarifies the position in England relating to the closure of crematoria and burial grounds. The new regulations remove wording relating to burial grounds in paragraph 5(8), and adds a sub-paragraph, (8A), stating that paragraph (8) does not apply to any grounds surrounding a crematorium. Paragraphs (8) and (8A) now read:
(8) Subject to paragraph (8A), a person who is responsible for a crematorium must ensure that, during the emergency period, the crematorium is closed to members of the public, except for funerals or burials.
(8A) Paragraph (8) does not apply to the grounds surrounding a crematorium, including any burial ground or garden of remembrance.
Crematoria buildings must be closed except for funerals.
Cemeteries and crematoria grounds may remain open.
The amended regulations also cover changes to the reasons that people can leave their home:
Restrictions on movement
6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need—
(g)to attend a funeral of—
(i)a member of the person’s household,
(ii)a close family member, or
(iii)if no-one within sub-paragraphs (i) or (ii) are attending, a friend;
(ga)to visit a burial ground or garden of remembrance, to pay respects to a member of the person’s household, a family member or friend;