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Burials and cremations during Coronavirus

As part of our efforts to protect you, our staff, and others during Coronavirus (Covid-19), practices for burials and cremations have changed.

These changes are designed to reduce safety risks to everyone.

The changes

  • Up to 30 friends and family can attend funerals
  • Social distancing is in force
  • Webcasting services that enable people to view and 'virtually' attend funerals at Redditch Crematorium from a distance are available for free.

During services mourners will be expected to:

  • Remain in their cars prior to the funeral arriving, and
  • Take any tissues and service sheets with them afterwards.

Masks or face coverings are required during attendance.

In addition at the crematorium we have:

  • Added hand sanitiser stations
  • Created one way systems and distance markings
  • Spaced out chapel pews, and
  • Removed hymn books.

Why this has changed

The arrangements are based on the latest Public Health England guidance for managing a funeral during the pandemic, industry standards, and the layout of the crematorium building.

Please consider the risk to yourself and your family of choosing to attend funerals in person. Although safety measures are in place, the more people who turn up, the greater the likelihood of Coronavirus spreading.

This advice remains subject to further change at short notice

More Coronavirus information

Redditch Borough Council is working with partners and key agencies to stay up to date in receiving top-level guidance on Coronavirus, and will be taking appropriate action across its services as required. To check service updates during the outbreak please visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/coronavirus.