Funeral Industry News
COVID-19: Easing of Restrictions and Publication of Protection Levels Framework
The First Minister today (13 April 2021) set out further detail on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and expressed confidence that all parts of Scotland will be placed into level 3 on the 26th April 2021. This means that up to 50 people, with physical distancing, will be able to attend funeral services, funeral-related commemorative events and post-funeral gatherings/ wakes in regulated venues from the 26th April. Alcohol will be permitted at post-funeral gatherings, which is a change from the information communicated in our blog of 16th March.
The updated protection levels table published here sets out the attendance limits for funerals at each of the protection levels.
The First Minister’s statement is available to read in full here.
If progress continues, we hope to move to level 2 on 17 May, to level 1 in early June, and to level 0 in late June.
The Scottish Government’s guidance for funeral services, funeral directors, and burial and cremation authorities will be updated soon. As the COVID-19 restrictions ease, it remains important to follow public health advice about maintaining 2 metre physical distancing, wearing a face covering, providing test and protect details, and ensuring good hand and cough hygiene. If a person is showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection, or has tested positive for COVID-19, they should not attend a funeral service in person.
We are grateful to the funeral sector for playing an important part in implementing these changes and in communicating these key messages to families you work with.