Covid Update 23rd February 2021

We have received the following guidelines from the Society of Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

Numbers attending local crematoriums remain unchanged
Huddersfield Crematorium 16 people may attend
Parkwood Crematorium 28 people may attend

Government sets out route out of lockdown for England

All restrictions placed upon funerals could be lifted on or after 21st June, according to HM Government’s Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021 document published today and announced in Parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The paper outlines a four-step process which begins on 8th March, with the reopening of schools and outdoor exercise and recreation permitted. During this period, funerals will continue to be subject to the 30 mourners at services and six at wakes or commemorative events rules.

It is only during the second step, which is targeted for no earlier than 12th April, that the limit for wakes and commemorative events will be lifted – to 15 people. Step three is expected to be implemented no earlier than 17th May and the limit for all life events will continue to be 30 people, but this will now apply to wakes and commemorative events. The final step, step four, is when all legal limits affecting funerals will be lifted and this is planned for no earlier than 21st June.

All of the above steps are subject to coronavirus infection rates and will be reviewed at five-weekly intervals. The assessment will be based on four tests:

The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
01484 844289

Motorbike Hearse

When choosing transport for a funeral there are many options you can take. As one of those options we can provide a motorbike hearse to take your loved one to their final resting place.

Face Masks At Funerals

As from the 8th August 2020 it will be mandatory to wear a face mask when attending funerals at the crematorium, any places of worship and chapels of rest. This also applies to anyone visiting our offices.

We always carry spare masks on funerals, so should you arrive without one please speak to a member of staff who will be able to supply one. If you have any questions on these latest updates please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Covid 19 Funeral Update 31st July 2020

As we wake up this morning to the news of localised lockdown restrictions we thought we would update you on what is happening with funerals in our area.

Huddersfield Crematorium – Funerals are taking place with only 10 mourners allowed in the chapel. Due to ongoing problems with cremators, bereavement services are only offering a limited amount of times through the day. Only two pieces of music are allowed in the service. Face masks are not mandatory.

Parkwood Crematorium – Funerals are taking place with 20 mourners allowed in the chapel with a further 8 standing in the entrance lobby. Three pieces of music are allowed in the service. Face masks are not mandatory.

Church – Not all churches are open for funerals, the ones that are have numbers limited to the size of the building. In some churches face masks are required to be worn whilst in the building. When arranging a funeral in a church we will be able to advise on the numbers allowed.

On entering and leaving all services, hand sanitiser which is provided must be used.

Limousines – We can still offer limousines, on entering the vehicle everyone will be provided with hand sanitation and face masks must be worn whilst traveling.

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