Scottish government announces new funeral guidance

July 14, 2020   //   No Comments

Changes from 10th July

From 10th July, face coverings were made mandatory in Scotland in shops, retail settings and private hire vehicles. New guidance is available, with specific guidance for retail settings. This requirement applies to funeral director businesses.

Changes from 15th July

From 15th July, there will be a maximum cap of 20 on funeral service attendance, with physical distancing. This means that funeral services are no longer limited to just ‘close family’. NB – this applies only to funeral services – other gatherings, such as wakes, are still subject to the rules which apply to all other indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Those attending funeral services will continue to be subject to physical distancing measures, including staying 2 metres apart from other household groups. Therefore, depending on a venue’s capacity, this may mean that the total number of people able to attend a funeral service will be less than 20 people.

The First Minister also announced yesterday a restriction on singing and chanting, due to the increased risk of transmission of the virus. It is therefore advised that recordings of music are used as an alternative at funeral services. More information will be provided in guidance.

Also from 15 July 2020, crematoriums will be permitted to open to members of the public. This enables cremation authorities to open for all services in addition to funeral services, for example, to view the book of remembrance or for ashes to be collected by individuals.

The Scottish Government’s Burial & Cremation Team post regular blogs to update funeral directors. All of their funeral industry guidance is under review, and will be fully updated to coincide with the changes taking place on 15 July.

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