Grounds of Wakefield and Pontefract crematoria reopen

28/04/2020, PR-9389

Wakefield Council has reopened the grounds of Wakefield and Pontefract crematoria.

Wakefield city centre

Last month the Council took the difficult decision to close the grounds to visitors, following recommendations from Government, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.


New national guidance has now come into place which advises that as long as people can maintain a safe social distance – keeping two metres apart from others – they can visit memorial sites and gardens within the crematoria.

Andrew Balchin
Andrew Balchin

Wakefield Council’s Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Balchin, said: “Closing the grounds of the crematoria was a difficult decision and was taken after considering all the advice and guidance from central government at the time.


“Our priority is to help keep people safe, whilst allowing families to mourn a loved one.


“We have looked at the latest guidance and are now reopening the crematoria grounds. By making this change it means that people can visit and pay their respects to their loved ones. We know how much this matters to people.


“It is important that visitors continue to follow social distancing measures, to help protect themselves and others from the risk of the disease.”


The district’s crematoria buildings are currently only in use for when funerals take place.


Cemeteries in the district continue to remain open.