Covid 19 policy

Last updated January 2021.

If someone has died

Are there any restrictions on the type of funeral for someone who’s died from coronavirus?

We’re well prepared to take care of people who have died with coronavirus in line with the official guidance. We have the necessary equipment, systems, processes and trained personnel to do this. We have specific ways of working prepared for anyone who dies in either an NHS facility or within the community.

There are no restrictions that prevent someone who has died from coronavirus having a funeral, whether that is a cremation or a burial. We’re following government guidelines closely and should the advice change we’ll provide updates.


Arranging a funeral

All funeral arrangements can be made over the phone, and we can send any forms or documents needed for the funeral in the post or by email.

If you’d prefer to visit one of our funeral homes you must have a pre-arranged appointment, as we can only allow two clients in the funeral home at any one time. This applies to funeral arrangements and visits to the chapel of rest. All clients visiting a funeral home together must be from the same household or support bubble.

To comply with latest government advice, we also ask that face coverings are worn when entering a funeral home, unless there’s a valid reason for not wearing one. More details about face coverings and exemptions can be found on the government website.

Before you visit a funeral home, we’ll ask you if:

  • you’ve returned from any foreign country in the past 14 days,
  • you’ve been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected coronavirus,
  • you’ve been showing the following symptoms: a new, continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

How we’re keeping you safe:

We’ve put safety measures in place in our funeral homes to keep you and our colleagues safe. We’ll make sure that:

  • there’s a maximum of 2 clients visiting at any one time to allow for social distancing,
  • face coverings are worn by everyone (unless exempt),
  • hand sanitiser is available,
  • surfaces/touch points are cleaned thoroughly between appointments.

Do you have facilities for live streaming of funerals?

The local crematoria do have facilities to live stream or recording facilities  which are available for you to then share with wider family and friends (via a private web link) who are unable to attend in person.


Who can go to a funeral?

As long as the number of people attending doesn’t exceed the number outlined by the government, it is up to you who goes to the funeral. Your funeral director will be let you know how many people can attend the venue you have chosen.

Advice is still that anyone from the higher risk groups, for example over 70s, pregnant, or immune-compromised, should not attend.

Unless you live in the same household or are in a support bubble, we’re asking mourners to make sure they are always 2 metres apart from each other.


Use of limousines

We have measures in place to meet social distancing rules whilst using our vehicles. This is to protect you, your family and our colleagues as much as possible. Our cars are fitted with screens separating the driver and passenger areas.

We advise that passengers do not travel if:

  • they or someone they live with have experienced coronavirus symptoms within the last 10 days (including a high temperature, new and continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste)
  • they or someone they live with have recently tested positive for coronavirus
  • they or someone they live with are awaiting test results
  • they’ve been asked to self-isolate for any other reason (e.g. traced as being in close contact with someone who’s been diagnosed with the virus)

Our colleagues will be maintaining social distancing with passengers.

The number of passengers allowed to travel in a limousine is limited to a maximum of 4 if they’re from the same household (including support bubbles).

Passengers from different households will not be able to share a limousine, unless they are in a support bubble.

All passengers must wear a face covering, which fully covers the nose and mouth, when travelling in the vehicle. Passengers must provide their own face covering.


What our
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Richard and his team are consummate professionals who supported us at the most challenging of times.

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