LGA Provides Cemetery Guidance

***please note this guidance also applies to burial grounds

Funerals, burials and cremation

Public Health England has now published guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus. The guidance includes important information on how to treat the deceased respectfully to maintain dignity while protecting others from the threat of transmission by using PPE appropriate to the activity in a variety of settings. It also includes advice on maintaining social distancing at funeral services and shielding vulnerable individuals from contact with bodies of those who had confirmed or suspected COVID-19. It outlines that mourners are strongly advised not to take part in any rituals or practices that bring them into close contact with the body of a person who has died from or with symptoms of COVID-19. Faith leaders have been consulted and worked with PHE on the guidance.

Crematoria and cemeteries should now be closed to the public, except for funerals or burials. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 came in to force on the 26 March and apply to any person who is responsible for a crematorium or burial ground including local authorities and private providers.

ATI Cremators, a major supplier of cremators and associated services, have gone in to liquidation. If you have ATI cremators please get in touch using the Coronavirus.enquiries@local.gov.uk email and quoting the case number 564 in the subject line of your email.

Some local authorities are in the process of establishing temporary mortuaries in their area, while some areas have already established these facilities in their areas. if you already have experience of procuring this equipment and are able to support other local authorities doing this work, please email the above email address to join our procurement contact list

Posted Saturday, 2nd July 2022