Attending funerals

Those invited to attend a service inside Salford crematoria chapels are now required to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt under government guidelines. Exemptions include children aged under 11 and those not able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.

More information about face coverings is on the GOV.UK website.

All crematoria in Salford have been reviewed and seating plans have been designed for each chapel to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

It’s now possible to have 25 people seated in the chapel at Peel Green and Agecroft crematoria. Services taking place at the graveside can now have 30 people attending.

All mourners should social distance from others at funeral services and should take special care to protect themselves, fellow mourners and staff providing the service.

Funerals should still only include members of the person’s household, close family members, or if these people are unable to attend, close friends, and a celebrant if this has been asked for.

Live webcasting and recording of funeral services is available at both Agecroft and Peel Green Crematoria for those who are unable to attend. 

Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can continue but with up to a maximum 15 people in attendance.

Funerals will also keep other coronavirus related restrictions:

  • Speakers will be on at a low level outside the chapel for all services
  • Seating positions where people should sit have been marked in chapels to ensure people maintain a safe social distance from each other
  • People self-isolating, vulnerable or showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not go to a funeral service
  • Orders of service and flowers can still be brought to the funeral service but must be taken away at the end by the funeral director or family. Bereavement service staff cannot handle these items
  • Singing is not possible in services due to minimising the risk of coronavirus spreading
  • Musicians can play during the service, such as a bag piper or bugle, but they will need to stay outside
  • Hand sanitiser should continue to be used at the entrance and exit to the chapel
  • Those invited to attend a service in the chapel should consider wearing face coverings as a precaution
  • There is a one-way system at Agecroft crematorium and chapels will continue to be cleaned between services
  • Services before burial and extended services in the chapel can now be booked
  • Burial and scattering of cremated remains can now also be booked with a witness and 30 mourners
  • Funeral directors will collect a list of attendees for testing and tracing in case of anyone becoming infected 

This page was last updated on 6 November 2020

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