Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Department Of Health

Details

This advice is designed to assist people who are involved in arranging or attending a funeral related to a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This guidance has been developed to ensure that:

  • bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect
  • funerals can continue to take place while minimising the risk of infection

Guidance for venue managers and those involved in professionally arranging a funeral is available through the Deceased Management Advisory Group website.

Please note

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide, and in the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

The translations have been temporarily removed while being updated.

Published 19 April 2020
Last updated 5 November 2020 +show all updates

  1. Updated guidance in line with national restrictions commencing 5 November 2020.

  2. Updated guidance in line with the latest Health Protection Regulations 2020. Guidance for those managing a funeral is published elsewhere. Translations have been temporarily removed while being updated.

  3. Updated translated guidance in line with the Health Protection Regulations 2020 and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

  4. Guidance updated in line with the Health Protection Regulations 2020 and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

  5. Added translations in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (CN), Chinese (HK), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

  6. Updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days.

  7. Updated link to information on local restrictions.

  8. Updated to reflect changes regarding overnight stays, instructions for testing and holding post-funeral rituals.

  9. Updated information on symptoms and face coverings.

  10. Added clarification on guidance and legislation.

  11. First published.


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