Funerals During Covid – Rule Update

Posted on May 18th, 2021

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The lift of restrictions implemented from the 17th May comes with some changes when it comes to funeral rules and regulations. Please read on for things that you should keep in mind when planning funerals at this time.

How do I plan a funeral during Covid-19?

There is no change to the way in which you plan a funeral. In usual circumstances, planning a funeral often starts with a face-to-face meeting but we are currently holding these meetings digitally or over the phone, so we can guide you through every step.

COVID Testing

The government have advised that all those attending a funeral should carry out a test both before and after to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Attendee Numbers & Venue

There is currently no maximum amount of people that can attend a funeral. The number of attendees depends on how many the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate. The venue may be indoors or outdoors, with the ability to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Numbers vary from venue to venue – one example is Colchester Crematorium which permits up to 60 mourners to attend the chapel and any reasonable amount may attend a graveside, providing social distancing measures are followed. 

Travelling to a Funeral

The lift of restrictions means that you are now able to share private transport in a group of 6 or more if it is just 2 households and stay overnight with people in this group.

The Service

We are here for you – please talk to us about the options for remote participation, live-streaming and video calls for people to watch the funeral who may not be able to physically attend. Communal singing is still prohibited in indoor venues but may take place outside.

The team at Freedom Funerals are here to ensure that your loved one receives the funeral that they deserve and to assist you every step of the way. Please do give us a call on 01206 862 963 or email us at