Doncaster Council issues new guidance on funerals during lockdown

Doncaster Council has refreshed its guidance on funerals, including burials and cremations in line with the current Covid-19 pandemic.

By George Torr
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 5:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:24 am

No more than 10 people can go to a service at one time - whether to attend burial or cremation.

Attendees must be two metres apart from each other and cleaning rounds will take place between each service, to help minimise the risk of infection between people attending funerals.

Face-to-face appointments for death registration have been closed, but people are still able to do this over the phone, or via email.

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A medical certificate of cause of death would normally be given to relatives to bring to the registrar’s office.

However, during this time the certificate will be emailed to the registrar by the hospital or doctor’s surgery.

It is understood the council has contacted families and taken action to review existing booking pre-coronavirus lockdown rules.

A council spokesman said: “It is very important for people attending funerals to keep to the government social distance recommendations of at least two metres from each other.

“We have put in place cleaning between funerals to help minimise the risk of infection between people attending funerals.

“In line with national guidelines, all cemeteries and crematorium grounds have been closed to the public except for funerals.

“We know these changes can be very difficult and thank you for your understanding in order to keep everyone safe.”

To register a death, email [email protected] or call 01302 735222.

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