The number of mourners allowed at funeral services at Altrincham Crematorium has been increased from 10 to 20.
As coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased, Trafford Council’s Bereavement Services team has reviewed its position following the latest government advice on gatherings.
At Altrincham Crematorium Chapel, alongside the funeral director, chapel attendant and funeral staff, only the following should attend:
- Members of the person’s household
- Close family members
- If the above are unable to attend, close friends
- Attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this
Services taking place at the graveside are permitted to have a maximum of 30 attendees and must maintain social distancing of two metres.
People self-isolating, vulnerable or showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend a funeral service and those invited to attend a service in the chapel should consider wearing face coverings as an additional precaution.
Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Leader for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change said, said: “We understand funerals are an emotional and difficult time for loved ones and the coronavirus has added to this. It is right that loved ones and friends want to say goodbye at times of grief. However, it is important to continue following the guidelines set by the Government to help prevent a second wave of the virus.”
The council added that if more than 30 mourners attended a burial or cremation, it was its legal duty to report the breach to the authorities as an illegal gathering.