Funeral Services COVID -19 Emergency Measures
The Government has advised that, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) people need to limit social contact and avoid non-essential travel where possible.
Following the Government update on Saturday 18 th April 2020 regarding social distancing and cemeteries; we have re-opened the cemetery.
These are closed to the public expect for those attending a Burial or Cremation service.
The cemetery will now be open for people to visit graves 7 days a week.
The entrance and exit gates will be open during our normal working hours and they will be opened on the weekend.
We will also unlock the gates to the babies section daily.
On the weekend the toilets and all other buildings will remain closed. Please be aware of this before you visit.
Attending a funeral
Please be aware that the attendance of any service must be as low as possible to ensure a safe distance of at least 2 meters (6ft) can be maintained between individuals.
The government has advised that…
Alongside the funeral director, chapel attendant and funeral staff only the following should attend…
- Members of the persons household
- Close family members
- or if the above are unable to attend, close friends
- Attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this.
Attendance at Hastings Crematorium is limited, to 20 in the Crematorium Chapel .
No other persons should be in attendance outside the chapel or elsewhere around the crematorium building.
Those not in the same household must sit apart from each other.
For information about an individual funeral, we will direct you to the Funeral Director making the arrangements.
Please be aware that we may have been requested not to give out information.
Families should also be advised to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home for 14 days if they show symptoms or live with somebody who is showing symptoms. Those over 70, with an underlying health problem, or pregnant women are particularly encouraged to heed this advice. This may mean that they may have to miss the funeral, or hold the funeral, or have a memorial service at a later date.
The government has advised that:
- mourners should also follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral gathering
- mourners who are self-isolating for 14 days due to someone in their household being unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) but are not symptomatic themselves should be facilitated to attend the funeral in person should they wish to do so, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission
- mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielded group should also be facilitated to attend, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission
- any mourner who is showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (a new continuous cough or a high temperature) should not attend the funeral as they pose a risk to others; remote participation should be considered
If you are planning to come to a funeral and you are affected by any of the above you should read the new guidance beforehand to make a decision.
The full guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
For the position of what is lawful under the social distancing rules you should refer specifically to the Regulations
In line with the governments advice we have a number of measures in place when you attend.
Access to public areas and cleaning
The crematorium chapel and chapel side toilets are open for those attending a funeral.
The crematorium chapel is being cleaned and sanitized by a professional cleaner between services and the toilets and the hand rails around the building being cleaned once the funeral party has entered the building.
A hand sanitizer dispenser has been placed on the left hand wall as you enter the chapel.
The flower area is still accessible for the placement of flowers after the service.
The seating in the chapel has been spaced apart to enable social distancing.
Closed public areas
Book of Remembrance Room. This is now closed we are displaying today's page online on our Book of Remembrance webpage.
Cemetery and Crematorium Office
The office is closed to the public. Please call 01424 451057 or email us at Cemandcrem@hastings.gov.uk
Appointments for the burial and scattering of cremated remains
We are no longer booking witnessed appointments for the burial and scattering of cremated remains. We will still perform the weekly unwitnessed strewing option.