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perhapstomorrow Thu 24-Sep-20 13:49:29

I lost my df yesterday and I'm struggling to find information about the funeral and Covid. Even the funeral director wasn't sure. I know the limit is 30 at the funeral itself but does this mean we cannot have a small celebration/wake afterwards. Are we limited to 6? Or is the celebration counted as part of the funeral so we can do something for 30? Sorry if this is a dumb question but my head is a bit over the place.

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Time2change2 Thu 24-Sep-20 13:53:46

We have had a funeral in the family this week. 30 to the funeral, separate pews for each household, even if only one in the household. Only 6 round the graveside. Wake afterwards- it’s the venues rules but if going to a pub they will sit you on tables of max 6 and bring plates of food to you. No getting up for food or drinks

Time2change2 Thu 24-Sep-20 13:53:59

Sorry for you loss also OP

CMOTDibbler Thu 24-Sep-20 13:55:59

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's 30 to the actual service (though each crematorium may have different rules), but then afterwards you can only have a group of 6 I'm afraid

Racoonworld Thu 24-Sep-20 14:27:34

Yes sorry, 6 afterwards 😢

giletrouge Thu 24-Sep-20 14:32:19

Don't forget funeral can usually be streamed to people unable to attend. I 'went to' an online funeral yesterday. It was a real honour to be able to be there virtually, and to 'see' all the other attendees. Really makes a difference.
Sorry for your loss OP. flowers

Choux Thu 24-Sep-20 14:33:25

If you are in an area with extra restrictions then those apply too. I went to a funeral recently in the North west lockdown area and there was no gathering allowed afterwards which was hard for my cousin who is an only child and had just lost his only surviving parent.

We stood around for a few minutes at the crematorium chatting and looking at the flowers and then all went our separate ways.

Itsabeautifuldayheyhey Thu 24-Sep-20 14:40:46

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#visiting-public-places-and-taking-part-in-activities

Refer to item 2.8.

"2.8 Is there a limit on the number of people attending funerals?
The rule of 6 does not apply to funerals. For funerals, there is a higher, legal gatherings limit of 30 people. Anyone working is not included. You should still socially distance from people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with). Funeral providers will limit capacity based on how many people they can safely accommodate with social distancing in place.

This limit only applies to the funeral ceremony itself – other than for religious, ceremonial purposes, wakes must only take place in groups of no more than six unless everyone present is from the same household or support bubble. Anyone who is working is not included."

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