CURRENT COVID RULES FOR FUNERALS

Government rules

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People are allowed to attend a funeral or a belief based/ceremonial event that is linked to a funeral (such as a scattering of ashes)

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Up to 30 people are allowed to attend a funeral; this does not include funeral staff

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Up to 15 people are allowed to attend a belief based/ceremonial event (such as a wake or scattering of ashes); this does not include anyone working. Some venues can remain open to host such events. If the event is in a private dwelling (including private gardens), only members of one household or support bubble can attend. You must not break your self-isolation to attend such an event

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Actual maximum numbers that can attend will be dependent on what the venue can safely allow (see details for Yorkshire crematoria below)

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Light refreshments are permitted at events linked to funerals

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Symptomatic people should not attend funerals

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People who are self-isolating should not attend funerals unless they are a close family member of the person that has died. Remote attendance should take place where possible. If after considering the risk you choose to attend in person you must

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Local Crematorium Rules

Cottingley
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14 in chapel and 16 outside

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Professional pallbearers only

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No touching the coffin

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Rope barrier around coffin

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Officiant only at lectern

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Any attendee readings must be done from seats

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Seats have been separated

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Curtains to remain open

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings

Huddersfield
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10 inside chapel and 10 outside

Lawns Wood
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14 in chapel and 16 outside

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Professional pallbearers only

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Rope barrier around coffin

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Officiant only at lectern

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Any attendee readings must be done from seats

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Seats have been separated

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Curtains to remain open

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings

Nab Wood
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15 inside chapel and 5 outside

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Seating spaced which must be moved back if tampered with

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Any speaking from attendees must be done from their seats (i.e., not at the lectern)

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No touching coffin

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Rope barriers around coffin

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Curtains must remain open at the end of the service

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Professional pallbearers only

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No singing or hymn books

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2 pieces of music allowed

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings

Park Wood
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20 inside chapel and 8 in overflow

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Seating spaced which must be moved back if tampered with

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Curtains must remain open at the end of service

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Professional pallbearers only

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Attendees cannot touch coffin

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Rope barrier around coffin

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings (crematorium yet to confirm number)

Rawdon
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18 in chapel and 12 outside

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Professional pallbearers only

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Rope barrier around coffin

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Officiant only at lectern

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Any attendee readings must be done from seats

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Seats have been separated

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Curtains to remain open

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings

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2 Saturdays in December and January there will be 10 appointments available with no extra charge

Scholemoor
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10 mourners inside chapel and 10 outside

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Seating spaced which will be moved back if mourners move seats

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Any speaking from attendees must be done from their seats (i.e., not at the lectern)

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Rope barriers around coffin

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Curtains must remain open at the end of the service

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Professional pallbearers only

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No touching the coffin

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No visual tributes or live webcasts but service can be recorded to be sent out after

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No singing or hymn books

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2 pieces of music allowed

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings (crematorium yet to confirm number)

Skipton
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15 inside chapel and 15 outside

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Seating spaced which must be moved back if tampered with

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No touching the coffin

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No singing

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No shouldering

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Only officiant allowed at lectern

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Flowers can be left on coffin but crematorium staff will not remove them

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Maximum of 6 for ashes scatterings (crematorium yet to confirm number)

Stonefall
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20 inside chapel and 0 outside

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Funerals with more than 20 attendees will be turned away

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Rope barrier around coffin

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Seats aren’t separated but some rows are blocked off

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Funeral director must be last to leave the chapel

York
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18 inside chapel

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No touching the coffin

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Professional pallbearers only

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Curtains will close at end of service

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Seating is separated but can be moved – must be moved back before next service

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Barrier around coffin

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Meeting room
Tea set

Local Burial Rules

Bradford
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30 attendees allowed

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Family / friend pallbearers are allowed

Calderdale
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28 attendees allowed

Craven
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15 attendees allowed

Harrogate
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20 attendees allowed

Kirklees
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10 attendees allowed

Leeds
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30 attendees allowed

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Family allowed to carry coffin and lower into grave

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Armley / Hunslet burial chapels can only accommodate 20

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Registering a death

General Government Guidance
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If the person died at home or in hospital:
A relative should register the death but if this is not possible the following may register

Someone who was there at the time of death

An administrator from the hospital where the person died

Someone who is in charge of making funeral arrangements

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If the person died somewhere other than at home or in a hospital:

A relative should register the death but if this is not possible the following may register:

Someone who was there at the time of death

The person who found the person after they had died

Someone who is in charge of caring for the person after they have died

Someone who is in charge of making funeral arrangements

Bradford
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Telephone 01274 432 151 to book an appointment for the registrar to call you. If the person died in either BRI of AGI you can make an appointment through their bereavement officers. For BRI telephone 01274 364477 and for AGI telephone 01535 652 511.

The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be sent directly to the registrar.

Calderdale
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Visit the below link to book an appointment for the registrar to contact you.

https://ebooking.calderdale.gov.uk/eRegistrar/

Registration of death is only being carried out over telephone.

The hospital or GP surgery will scan the registration paperwork to the registrar.

Harrogate
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Use the below link to book an appointment for the registrar to ring you:

https://myaccount.northyorks.gov.uk/registrars/death-booking

Or, call 01609 780780

You will need:

Details about the person that has died

Confirmation that the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been emailed to the registrars

A credit / debit card to pay for any death certificates

Kirklees
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No registration of death is to be done in person, only over the telephone

Use the below link to book an appointment for the registrar to ring you

http://zipporah.co.uk/contact

You will need:

Details about the person that has died

Confirmation that the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is with the registrar

A credit / debit card to pay for any death certificates

Leeds
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Registering the death by phone

A member of the registrar team will call the next of kin usually within three days of the person’s death and over the course of the phone call they will register the death. If the next of kin is unable to take the call someone else can speak to the registrar – the next of kin can pass the phone to them or they can give the registrar additional contact details. The other person must be:

A relative of the person that has died

The funeral director or someone making the person’s funeral arrangements

York
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Email: [email protected] or call 01904 654477 to arrange an appointment to register a death by telephone; details you must include are:

name of the person who has died

date and place of death

name, contact number and email address of the person registering the death

name of the funeral director (if known)

Registration of deaths is only taking place over the telephone.

The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be issued directly to the register office.

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