Attendance at funerals
- Bierton Chapel - The maximum seating capacity is 120 people which is the number of people who can now attend funeral services in our Chapel at Bierton Crematorium. Extra people standing at the rear of the chapel is not encouraged.
All those attending must follow the government guidance on staying alert and safe. If you are clinically vulnerable and wish to attend a funeral service, please make your funeral director aware of this so that we can assist with your requirements.
Face coverings and lateral flow testing
Face coverings are no longer required by law to be worn by mourners at a funeral or commemorative event with our chapels. However as our chapels are indoor venues with minimal ventilation, where individuals will be mixing together with other people they may otherwise not usually have close indoor contact with, mourners are advised to take a lateral flow test (LFT) prior to attending a funeral service and are strongly encouraged to continue to wear face coverings within our chapels once a negative LFT result is received. Exemptions to wearing face coverings include individuals with a medical exemption, children under the age of 11, a relevant official acting in the course of their employment or their duties (Celebrants / Funeral Directors / Crematoria staff) or whilst a person is carrying out a reading at a service.
More information: Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
More information: Lateral flow tests (LFTs)
COVID-secure rules, including restrictions on singing and chanting will no longer apply. You should follow the guidance for safer singing. Further guidance for the safe use of places of worship and principles for safer singing is available and should be followed. Please ensure that any vocal or instrumental contributions take place safely inside our chapels.
Test and Trace
We keep records of those who arrange a funeral service and will provide this information to the NHS test and trace service if requested to do so. If your information is passed to the test and trace service, then you will probably be asked to provide details of attendees at the funeral in order to assist with contact tracing. You should keep a list of the people who attend to help with this process.
People who are symptomatic should not attend
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell), should not attend a funeral. You should immediately self-isolate, follow the stay at home guidance, and request a test online, or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
People who are required to self-isolate should not attend
If you have been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because you have tested positive for COVID-19, or you are the close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should not attend a funeral.
Please read the attending a funeral if you are exempt from self isolation, or quarantine following international travel government information.
It is a legal offence for a person who is required to self-isolate to attend a funeral under any circumstances other than the funeral of a close family member. Even if you are a close family member of the deceased, we strongly recommend that you attend remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread to other mourners. You could also consider postponing the service until you are well enough to attend safely.
If after careful consideration of the risk you choose to attend a funeral in person then you must follow the government guidance and:
- advise your funeral director/organiser and other mourners that you are in self-isolation, and do not attend at the same time as another mourner who may be clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
- maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others at all times.
- practise strict hand and respiratory hygiene by:
- wearing a surgical-grade Type IIR face mask or higher grade, properly fitting, to minimise any risk of viral transmission from yourself to others. If a respirator mask is used (for example N95), this should be non-valved.
- washing your hands more often than usual with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using a hand sanitiser.
- avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- covering your coughs or sneezes.
Any mourner who comes into close contact with you during the ceremony (for example, to console or support you) may then be required to self-isolate. Other mourners need to be aware of this prior to attending.
Hand sanitization and extra cleaning
The following measures are being taken to help reduce the risk to our staff and those attending funerals: -
- Sanitisation bottles are situated in reception, meeting rooms and staff areas.
- Wall mounted sanitisation dispensers are situated in our public areas and near the entrance to the chapels.
- Regular additional cleaning is being carried out of the chapels between services and high contact areas including doors, face plates, door handles, taps, loo flush handles, reception counters, desk and table tops.
Our office is open and we are making appointments for witness scattering of ashes ceremonies. Appointments for memorial enquiries can also be made although we are limiting the number of people able to be in our office at any one time to 1 person / household to minimise the risk of spreading covid-19.
Our toilets are open as normal and have soap and hot water for hand washing.
Crematorium grounds and chapel of remembrance
Our chapel and garden of remembrance are open as normal.
If/when there is any change to this advice, it will be updated as soon as it happens.
This advice was last updated on Thursday 26th January 2022.