The limit on mourners at funerals will be lifted, the Government announces Yorkshire News

The limit on the number of mourners who can attend funerals will be lifted in England, the government announced.  PHOTO: PA
The limit on the number of mourners who can attend funerals will be lifted in England, the government announced. PHOTO: PA

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said on Monday that the legal limit of 30 mourners will be eliminated as part of the next stage of relief from the confinement, scheduled for May 17.

Instead, capacity will be determined by the number of people in places, such as places of worship or funeral homes, who can be safely accommodated while maintaining social distancing, the department added.

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This includes both indoor and outdoor venues and all organizers must remain Covid-safe and follow social distancing rules, he said.

While the capacities of venues will vary, many will allow “significantly” more than 30 people to attend, the MHCLG said.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “The British people have made enormous sacrifices during the pandemic to protect the NHS and save lives, and nowhere is it more evident

than in deeply painful restrictions on the number of funeral goers.

“Losing a loved one has been incredibly difficult during the pandemic and I am pleased that we are now in a position, thanks to everyone’s continued efforts and the launch of the vaccine, to remove these limits and allow more friends and family to come together. and pay your respects.

“I look forward to working with the religious leaders responsible for places of worship, and those who run places like funeral homes, to present the new arrangements in a way that continues to keep people safe.”

The move was welcomed by the executive director of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), Jon Levett, who said: “Throughout the pandemic, the government has ensured that immediate families could be there to say goodbye. of a loved one and this has always happened.

“But it is critical that all who are grieving are not forgotten in the reopening of society, and for many families, the current restrictions have meant telling people very close to the person who has passed away that they simply cannot be there.

“We would also like the government to move forward with its plan of relying on the public to make informed and personal decisions about social contact, using testing as a safety mechanism, allowing all of us to offer the simple convenience of holding hands, or giving a much needed hug, to those who are isolated in their pain. “

The department said limits for other commemorative or life events are expected to remain as set out in the roadmap.

According to Step 3 of the roadmap, starting no earlier than May 17, up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as other types of important life events, including bar mitzvahs and baptisms.

Most of the rules for social contact abroad will also be removed, although gatherings of more than 30 people will remain illegal.

In the interior, the rule of six or two homes will apply, although the government has said that it will continue to review if it is safe to increase it.

Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the lodging sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.

Limited crowds will also be allowed at sporting events and holidays abroad could be allowed for people living in England.

All remaining restrictions on social contact could be lifted as of June 21, allowing bigger events to take place and nightclubs to reopen.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-03 07:28:10