Public Health England have published updated guidance on attendance to a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.

A modest number of close friends and family of the deceased may attend the funeral.  The City of Ely Council has assessed that no more than 30 mourners should attend, including funeral directors and bearers. If the use of the Cemetery Chapel is required, then this will be assessed on a ‘case by case’ basis but it is envisaged that numbers permitted to use the Chapel will be limited to allow for social distancing.

Attendees should ensure a distance (of at least 2 metres or 3 steps) to be maintained between individuals and face coverings must be worn.

Guidance on hand hygiene and preventing the spread of infection should be adhered to.

Mourners who are self-isolating due to someone in their household or support bubble being unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or as advised by NHS Test and Trace, but are not symptomatic themselves, will be facilitated to attend the funeral in person should they wish to do so, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission.

Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable will be facilitated to attend, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission.

Any mourner who has 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 other.

Mourners who have travelled to England from countries that are not exempt from the requirement to self-isolate (in the last 14 days) may attend the funeral.

Mourners who are from a household or support bubble that is self-isolating should:

  • Not attend if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if these are very mild
  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres (3 steps) between themselves and others.
  • Advise the other mourners that they are otherwise still within the 14-day isolation period, and ensure that they do not attend at the same time as another mourner who may be clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
  • Only break self-isolation when attending the funeral and otherwise continue to self-isolate.

Please be aware that the Council has the responsibility of recording ‘track and trace’ details for those attending.  This information will be collected by the funeral director.