Grounds of Wakefield and Pontefract crematoria reopen
Wakefield Council has reopened the grounds of Wakefield and
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
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
“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
The district’s crematoria buildings are currently only in
use for when funerals take place.
Cemeteries in the district continue to remain open.