Number of mourners allowed at funerals increases

Date published: 13 July 2020

More people can now attend funerals held in the Rochdale borough, as of Thursday (9 July).

As public gatherings can now total 30 people, the number of mourners present at a loved one’s funeral has been increased from the 10 allowed at the start of the lockdown period.

Whilst larger groups can be hosted at Covid-secure businesses and venues – complying with the law – the government advises limiting weddings and funerals to no more than 30 people.

Rochdale Crematorium can now accommodate a maximum of 22 mourners and Middleton Crematorium can accommodate a maximum of 18 mourners. 

The burial chapels at Rochdale and Heywood can accommodate 21 mourners and 16 mourners, respectively, and a maximum of 30 mourners are allowed to be present for graveside burials.

Since Saturday 4 July, places of worship have been able to reopen for prayer and services, including funerals.

A spokesperson for Rochdale Borough Council added: “Following the latest government guidance, we have reviewed the number of mourners we can safely allow in our chapels, while still observing social distancing and safe practices.

“Funeral directors will be required to collate a list of attendees to support ‘Test and Trace’ requirements.” 

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