As of Monday, 19th July restrictions affecting funeral services in England will no longer apply. Instead, funeral directors and those attending funerals are advised to follow new guidance, which was issued yesterday evening. The key points are:

  • There are no legal limits on the number of people who can attend funerals or commemorative events, however, those attending, arranging or managing such events should consider that it may be harder to manage the risk of spreading Covid-19 if spaces are crowded, and venue operators may choose to set their own limits 
  • There will be no requirement to stay two metres apart from people you do not live with, and venues are not required to follow social distancing rules 
  • People who are self-isolating or who are in quarantine following international travel may be present at a funeral where a legal exemption applies 
  • Covid-secure rules, including table service requirements and restrictions on singing, chanting and dancing, have been lifted 
  • Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting. However the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas.

The full guidance, which includes key infection control actions for those attending funerals, can be read here