Funerals During Covid
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Latest Covid 19 restrictions on funerals in England and Wales
Face coverings in funeral homes
Where a business is open to the public and is mainly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services it is likely to fall within scope of the definition of a shop.
For this reason, funeral offices, where they are open to the public, fall within this definition.
In terms of funeral services themselves, the following advice applies:
In most settings where a funeral is likely to take place, face coverings are required by law. These include places of worship, community centres, crematoria and burial ground chapels. In England, face coverings are required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport.
At commemorative events such as wakes:
Face coverings are not required in hospitality venues where food and drink are consumed (such as pubs, cafés and restaurants). Where a premises or part of a premises is being used for an event where the main activities include eating or drinking, face coverings are not required. This means some commemorative events may be exempt because eating and drinking is taking place.
When taking place in an in-scope setting, face coverings must be worn in communal areas of the premises not being used for the event, such as in a hotel lobby when an event is taking place in a conference room.
Enforcing the wearing of face coverings:
Settings in which face coverings are required must display signage or take other measures to ensure customers are aware of the requirement to wear a face covering on premises where there is no applicable exemption or reasonable excuse.
The police and police community support officers can enforce compliance if members of the public do not comply with this law without a reasonable excuse. Local authority enforcement officers can also use their enforcement powers against businesses for failing to display appropriate signage or breaching the prohibition against preventing someone from wearing a face covering.
Organisers shouldn’t prevent customers or staff from wearing a face covering. It is against the law to prevent someone from wearing a face covering in a listed setting.
Daily testing following Covid contacts
From today (Tuesday 14th December), people who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with Covid-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for seven days to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Daily testing aims to reduce pressures on people’s everyday lives by replacing the requirement for Omicron contacts to isolate for 10 days.
Importantly, unvaccinated people must self-isolate for 10 days as should anyone who tests positive.
Further details can be found in this Government press release.
Face coverings in Limousines
As of 10th December, people travelling in private hire vehicles, including limousines and hearses, are required to wear face coverings. Additionally, operators of such vehicles are required to communicate the rules to their passengers through notices and other appropriate measures. Further details can be found here.