The legal limit on the number of people that can attend funerals in England is to be removed at step 3 of the country’s roadmap out of lockdown, the Government has announced.
Currently, the coronavirus restrictions set in law only permit 30 mourners to attend funerals.
From step 3 of the roadmap, which is currently expected to take place on 17 May, the number of people who can attend a funeral will be determined by capacities at individual venues, while allowing for social distancing.
Announcing the change, Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said;
“The British people have made huge sacrifices throughout the pandemic to protect the NHS and save lives, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the deeply painful restrictions on the numbers attending funerals.
“Losing a loved one has been incredibly hard during the pandemic and I am pleased we are now in a position, thanks to everyone’s continued efforts and the rollout of the vaccine, to remove these limits and allow more friends and family to come together and pay their respects”
Limits on other life and commemorative events such as weddings and wakes are expected to remain as set out in the current lockdown roadmap.
The change to the rules on funerals comes following significant reductions in cases of COVID-19 in England recently. The latest 7-day case rate per 100,000 people in England is 23.4 – the lowest rate since late last summer.