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Funerals exempted from the lockdown, but limited to immediate family only in Scotland

March 25, 2020 by No Comments | Category Burial authorities, COVID-19, Cremation authorities, Funeral directors, Uncategorized

On Monday evening (23 March), the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, delivered an address setting out what the new UK-wide lockdown measures mean for Scotland.  Measures that were introduced by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, only moments earlier.

Echoing the Prime Minister, the First Minister said that the people of Scotland must stay at home, with the exception of a limited number of reasons, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, to relieve the pressure on the NHS and to save lives.

One key provision for our stakeholders and Scotland highlighted by the First Minister was that, while funerals were exempted from the lockdown, attendance must only be limited to immediate family.

While no maximum number has been set, there is clear guidance from the UK and Scottish Governments about limiting gatherings.  The immediate family (and funeral service staff) must all strictly adhere to NHS Inform’s social distancing measures at all times: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing.

Latest general NHS Inform COVID-19 advice is accessible here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

The lockdown provisions are to be followed immediately in Scotland and will be revisited in three weeks’ time.

The First Minister’s address can be read here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/first-ministers-update-covid-19/

The Prime Minister’s address can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020


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