Q1004: Can funerals take place during the Coronavirus emergency? Am I allowed to attend?
Funerals can still take place and you may still visit a burial ground or garden of remembrance, to pay respects to a member of your household, a family member or friend - see Q1014.
Churches and places of worship are allowed to open during the 'emergency period' for the purpose of funerals. Crematoriums and burials grounds can also be opened for funerals and burials.
During the 'emergency period', people must not leave their homes without reasonable excuse, but there are exceptions in relation to funerals. You can leave your home to attend the funeral of:
- a member of your household.
- a close family member.
- if no-one is attending from the above categories, a friend.
Hotels and other accommodation businesses are allowed to carry on their business during the 'emergency period' for certain purposes, including providing accommodation to people who need it to attend a funeral.
The 'emergency period began on 26th March 2020. An end date has not yet been specified, but this is being reviewed at least every 21 days.