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Redditch Crematorium and all local cemeteries are now closed to the public except for funerals or burials, as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and maintain critical services.

The closures are required under new national regulations, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

Mike Birkinshaw, Redditch Borough Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, said: “In line with the latest Government advice cemeteries and the crematorium are now only open for funeral and burial services, and closed the rest of the time.

“Meanwhile to help people say goodbye as safely as possible, services are limited to six mourners only and a range of safety measures are in place before, during and afterwards. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.”

The safety measures during services include a minimum distance between people of two metres (6 feet), and mourners being asked to remain in their cars before, and remove tissues and service sheets after, funerals. At Redditch Crematorium, the distance between pews has also been increased, hymn books removed, and the cost of livestreaming ceremonies made free to make remote attendance more accessible.

Arrangements are subject to updates at short notice at this time, as Government guidelines are subject to change.

Update on Monday April 20

The cemeteries will remain closed for the time being, despite calls for such sites to reopen.

Over the weekend the Government called on local authorities to ensure cemeteries remain open. The facilities in Redditch & Bromsgrove have been closed since earlier in the month.

The council is waiting for the formal guidance from the Government before reopening the sites.

More details

For more details of this and all the latest borough council Coronavirus service updates, please visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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