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Losing a loved one is a sad and distressing experience, and funerals are important and personal. During this very difficult time for the country, the Government's aim is to protect the most vulnerable from the spread of Coronavirus.
Public Health England (PHE) have stipulated that funerals must be conducted in a manner consistent with social distancing principles to avoid the further spread of Covid-19.
We are very mindful of such a sensitive matter, however we also have to consider guidance from the Government – the key outcome is that funerals should continue, as normally as possible for now, but take into account the guidelines issue for minimising the risk of transmission. To help reduce the risk of spreading the infection, advice is for a restriction on the number of mourners who attend funerals, so a safe distance of at least 2 metres can be maintained between individuals. Only members of the deceased person's household or close family members should attend funerals. During the service, all mourners should remain two metres apart from anyone not living in their household at all times. Refrain from making physical contact with anyone outside of your household. Any individual displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. Also, we would discourage those in the vulnerable group, over 70 or with health conditions from attending. Those who do attend will need to adhere to social distancing at all times, including when travelling to and from the funeral.
The cemetery, at this time, will remain open for visitors, but only if this forms part of their daily exercise. We ask visitors to observe social distancing guidelines, by keeping two metres apart.
Eaton Bray Parish Council will continue to review the situation in line with government advice. We appreciate your understanding in this matter and thank you for working with us in such challenging times.