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Due to the ongoing situation around Covid-19, the number of attendees to funerals in Stevenage must sadly be limited.

In line with the government’s guidance to limit the spread of coronavirus, Stevenage Borough Council is limiting funeral attendance to immediate family only. This means spouses, parents, siblings, children and their partners.

If the deceased does not have family members in attendance, then it’s possible for a modest number of friends to attend.

Attendees should also observe the following:

Family groups that live together can stand together
You must stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with
Family members are currently not able to take part in the lowering of or placing soil on the coffin.
The council’s cemeteries officer and the funeral director will be on hand to make sure that this is observed to ensure everyone is kept safe.

Cemeteries remain open for those wishing to visit during their exercise period to visit the resting place of those they have lost. However, congregating in large family groups at a graveside is not permitted under government guidelines.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “We know what a sensitive and upsetting time this is for all those sadly bereaved at the moment, so our aim will always be to try and ensure relatives are able to pay their respects to their loved ones and to keep everyone safe.

“We’re sorry that we have to put restrictions in place on funerals in Stevenage, but the health of our community is a top priority for us and we are following the government’s guidance to help limit the spread of Covid-19.”

For more information, visit our cemeteries page

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