Coronavirus – Covid 19 restrictions on funerals

Are there any Covid restrictions on funerals?

At midnight on the 24th March 2022 the Coronavirus Act 2020 came to an end, which means that any restrictions previously applied to funerals were lifted. Most restrictions had already been eased prior to that date.

The process of registering a death has unfortunately reverted to in person appointments (rather than telephone appointments as was the case during Covid restrictions). There can be a delay in obtaining an appointment, so please do request an appointment with the registrar as soon as the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been issued.

At points during the Covid-19 Pandemic, there were restrictions on funerals, particularly in terms of how many could attend a funeral (at one point there was a limit of 30 people). These restrictions were largely lifted from July 2021.

Each venue will have its own legacy policies – for example, hymn books may not be provided or the wearing of face coverings recommended at certain times of the year. Please contact us or the specific venue for more detailed guidance if needed.

Burial funerals without a church service may need to be graveside only due to some cemetery chapels remaining closed, this is a long term legacy of the Covid restrictions, but may also be due to a lack of resources.

So from our perspective, funerals are running normally, with large attendances allowed. However, we have seen a general shift towards smaller, more intimate ceremonies as some families continue to opt for a more simple, informal style despite the ending of Covid restrictions.

We will work with you to help you achieve the right funeral for your family, whether it is a burial funeral or cremation funeral you wish to arrange.

White Rose Modern Funerals team

We’re here to help

If you have any questions regarding arranging a funeral or planning ahead, please get in touch. Call us on 020 3281 1045 or send us a message.

Independent funeral director

helping families across London & Surrey

You can speak to us anytime on 020 3281 1045 – we’re open 24/7