Burials Update - Coronavirus Act

The The APCC, Cremation Society, FBCA and ICCM has issued a joint statement following the Coronavirus Act being passed last week. It includes the following instruction relating to the closure of cemeteries:

Closure of Crematoria in England On March 26 2020 the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The Regulations were made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. The Regulations relate to the exercise of powers conferred by various sections of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. Section 5 of the Regulations deals with restrictions and closures during the emergency period. Paragraph 8 states: A person who is responsible for a crematorium or burial ground must ensure that, during the emergency period, the crematorium is closed to members of the public, except for funerals or burials. This means that crematoria should be closed for anything other than funeral services. Funeral services can only be attended by immediate family as per previous Government advice. Clarification is currently being sought on if this same requirement to close applies to burial grounds. A copy of the Regulations can be viewed at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/350/made

The full statement can be read here:

https://www.iccm-uk.com/iccm/wp-content/library/Joint%20Statement%20on%20Coronavirus%20Act%202020.pdf

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:25 by Wendy Amis

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