Social distancing, web casting and limits of 10 mourners per service are being introduced at funeral services across the region.
Bridgwater town council say - when it's all over - the bereaved family will be offered the chance to hold another service as well.
Torbay Crematorium are offering a webcasting service which they hope will be used by the over 70s.
Bridgwater Town Council
As you are all aware, the UK is currently experiencing a crisis that we have never experienced before. The government, have implemented lockdown measures for the entire UK. Bridgwater Town Council has made the very difficult decision to introduce restrictions to the number of people attending burials at Quantock Road and St John’s Cemetery at Bristol Road. We are also closing the chapel at Quantock Road and both cemeteries to the public for the foreseeable future. Taking account of Government guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the public and our staff operating this critical service, the following measures will apply from 30 March 2020. The attendance of immediate family and close friends at burial services will be restricted to 10 people, plus Funeral Director staff and officiant, and social distancing MUST be applied at all times. We appreciate that this will be distressing for the bereaved so we will keep the restrictions under active review. When the situation improves, the bereaved affected by this restriction will have the opportunity to hold another service at the graveside should they wish.
Westerleigh are working extremely hard to ensure that funerals can continue as normal as possible in the current circumstances, as we believe it is vitally important for the deceased and the bereaved that the ceremony continues to be carried out with the upmost respect and dignity. We are also working really hard to ensure that we follow government advice to protect the bereaved family - and our colleagues - by limiting social contact and non-essential travel wherever possible which will help to minimise the risk of transmission. Following the changes announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020, attendance at funeral services will now be restricted to immediate family members only, up to a maximum of 10 mourners per service, until further notice. We continue to offer webcasting at all funerals - we think it is particularly important to protect those who are vulnerable and the over 70s and we hope that this facility will enable mourners who otherwise would have attended a service to participate remotely.