This guidance aims to reduce the amount of people attending funerals therefore, the Council is asking that no more than 30 people attend a funeral and that all attendees wear a mask. If someone has symptoms or has tested positive for the coronavirus, they should not attend.
Anyone attending a funeral must always observe social distancing guidelines; remain two metres apart from anyone not living in their household and from all staff, enabling the service to take place safely. (This includes staff working outside within cemetery grounds too.)
Sharon Smith, Bereavement Services Manager at Maidstone Borough Council said:
“Sadly, the winter months do see an increase in the number of services we undertake, however, we are also seeing an increase in deaths relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. Personal safety is paramount at this difficult time and we ask that everyone takes necessary precautions.”
Mourners will not be permitted to help with carrying the coffin due to the need to maintain social distancing.
Funeral Directors will take contact details of the mourners, so that if someone reports to have tested positive after the funeral has taken place other attendees can be informed and can then take the necessary steps.
Webcasting is still available and this can be arranged by the family of the deceased with their chosen Funeral Director.