Rule of six to impact funeral services 

Rule of six to impact funeral services 

Rule of six to impact funeral services

Following the introduction of new laws on indoor and outdoor social gatherings, changes have been made to restrictions at the crematorium in Grimsby.

According to North East Lincolnshire Council, up to thirty people are still permitted to attend a funeral service, although a reminder has been issued that this means thirty in total, with no additional mourners outside the crematorium building.

However, events such as private wakes or the scattering or interment of ashes are now restricted by the new laws on social gatherings.

This means a maximum of six people may attend these events.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“The government’s guidance is there to make sure bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect and at the same time mourners and workers involved in the management of funerals are protected from the avoidable risk of infection.

“Our bereavement services staff are working hard to balance the needs of people to mourn while also minimising the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m grateful to everyone attending funerals and respecting the rules in these difficult times.

“It helps reduce the risk of infection to other mourners and our staff.”

The new social distancing law came into force on Monday 14 September, with people breaking the rule of six facing a fine of up to £3200.

It follows a dramatic increase in cases nationwide.

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