New guidance on number of mourners to attend burial services
Wakefield Council has issued new
funeral guidance on the number of mourners who can attend burials services, to
further support the social distancing measures that are essential to tackle the
From 16 April any new burials can
be attended by a maximum of ten people.
The new measures are being taken by
the Council as part of its commitment to the national effort to reduce the
spread of the virus and also to continue its support for bereaved families
across the district
Wakefield Council’s Acting Chief
Executive, Andrew Balchin, said: “We understand that this is an incredibly
difficult time for grieving families and want to do everything we can to
“We have carefully considered how
we can best keep people safe, whilst still allowing families to mourn their
loved one. These new temporary measures are being introduced to strengthen
social distancing for the benefit of mourners, funeral directors and staff. We
hope people will understand why we’ve had to make this difficult decision.”
As part of measures introduced in
March, mourners and funeral directors and Council staff involved in services or
burials are being asked to keep to the Government’s social distancing rule.
People will need to remain two metres apart during services and at the grave
All burials arranged before 16
April will still allow 20 mourners.
Cremation services at both Pontefract and Wakefield Crematoria are also
restricted to a maximum of 10 mourners, following Government guidance.
For more information on Council
bereavement services, including costs, please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/bereavement