Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

There have been reports of people using the cemeteries as an alternative to parks to get round the social distancing measures.

This is not acceptable and could compromise the aims of the Government’s measures to slow the spread of the virus. The Government gave very clear guidance about the reasons that people can leave their homes – visiting a cemetery or crematorium other than for a funeral is not one of them.

We understand that families want to visit graves at significant times such as anniversaries, birthdays, and key times of the year such as Easter. However, until the Government restrictions are lifted, we would respectfully request that you do not visit the cemetery.

Our contractors are still working to cut the grass and keep the cemetery generally tidy.

The Government has stated that funerals are exempt from the restriction on social gatherings of only two people, but have issued guidance that says that immediate family only may attend, whether this is a burial or a cremation.

Anybody subject to the requirement to self-isolate, or if they are showing any of the symptoms of Coronavirus, must not attend a funeral. Anyone who attends a funeral must observe the rules on social distancing. The exemption of funerals by the Government does not give permission to people to attend a funeral en masse – the number must be restricted according to the Government’s advice.

The Parish Council expects Funeral Directors to discuss such arrangements with the bereaved family.

Thank you for your understanding

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