Funerals during the Covid-19 outbreak

Read our guidance on how to minimise the spread of coronavirus when you arrange and attend funerals and other religious or commemorative events to mark a death during the Covid-19 outbreak.

For many people, losing a loved one is often a very emotional time and during the pandemic many families have not been able to organise the funeral they would have liked.

People can arrange and attend funerals and other religious or commemorative events to mark a death. However, there is now guidance in place to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

This information was updated on 2nd August 2021.

Arranging a funeral

As there are added pressures on the NHS, you should arrange a funeral to take place as soon as possible.

Although there is no longer a maximum number of attendees defined in regulations, the number of attendees allowed is determined by how many people the venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.

We have carried out risk assessments and changed layouts to accommodate the maximum number of people who can attend each of our venues as follows:

  • Springwood - Rosemary Chapel: 50
  • Springwood - Myrtle Chapel: 30
  • Anfield: 30
  • Full burials: no restrictions on numbers
  • Burial of Ashes: no restrictions on numbers
  • Scattering of Ashes: no restrictions on numbers

Bereaved families will be asked by funeral directors to take all reasonable measures to maintain social distancing.

Please think about who you would like to attend the service so that funeral directors, venue managers and other staff can work together to keep everyone safe and to keep within the law.

Attending a funeral

Please be advised that mourners who are not part of the maximum number allowed in the venue should not gather outside funeral venues.

The following restrictions need to be followed when attending a funeral:

  • wear a face covering unless you are exempt
  • do not attend if you have Covid-19 symptoms
  • do not attend under any circumstances if you have been told you should self-isolate unless it is a funeral of a close family member - a partner, parent, sibling or grandparent
  • if you should be self-isolating but choose to attend, you must tell the venue manager. You must follow social distancing guidance and you must wear a surgical-grade Type IIR face mask or higher grade
  • people from different households should not mix at the funeral and should follow social distancing guidance

Please note that the waiting room at Anfield Crematorium remains closed.

Alternative arrangements

Funeral directors and faith leaders can help advise you on how to involve mourners who cannot attend the funeral service.
For example:

  • many crematoria or places of worship, offer a live-streaming facility or video recording
  • you could organise a time to meet online to share memories of the deceased
  • you could ask people to contribute photos and stories to a website or Facebook page, or make a book which you could circulate
  • when restrictions are eased you could hold a memorial service

After the funeral

There is no longer a maximum number of attendees for commemorative events such as a wake. Instead, the number of attendees is determined by how many people the venue or outdoor space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. Please discuss with the venue manager.

Coping with grief

Coping with grief when distanced from people you care about can be hard.
If you need extra support then you might like to consider contacting your local faith community, the Good Grief Trust or Dying Matters.