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Update to Scottish Funeral Services Guidance – Singing, Chanting and Music

9th June 2021

  The Scottish Government has updated its Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services with respect to singing, chanting and music in small groups from level 2.   At protection levels 0-2, a small group of singers and/or musicians can perform at the funeral service. In all cases, this is provided the appropriate mitigations and safeguards…

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Update to Funeral Services Guidance – Singing

2nd June 2021

The Scottish Government has updated its Guidance for Funeral Services with respect to singing.   Those organising a funeral service should consider using music recordings that may be available to them. However, communal singing involving those attending the funeral service can take place at levels 0-1. A risk assessment should be carried out to consider…

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Upcoming Changes to Protection Levels in Scottish Local Authority Areas

1st June 2021

Today (1 June) the First Minister announced forthcoming changes to the protection levels for some areas of Scotland. You can read the First Minister’s statement in full here. From 00:01 on Saturday 5 June the following changes will take place: Glasgow will move to Level 2. A group of 13 mainland authorities will remain in…

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COVID-19: Easing of Restrictions from 17 May

11th May 2021

The First Minister confirmed today (11 May) that most of Scotland will move into Level 2 from Monday 17 May.   There are two exceptions:   Moray is likely to remain in Level 3 due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the area Some of the Scottish island communities, which have had consistent low…

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Main Guidance Documents Updated – Easing of Restrictions 26 April 2021

27th April 2021

As of yesterday, 26 April, all areas of Scotland are in level 3. Up to 50 people can attend a funeral service, funeral-related commemorative event or post-funeral gathering such as a wake (in regulated venues). This is provided that the venue size and layout will permit the necessary physical distancing between households to be in…

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Test and Protect – Collection of Customer and Visitor Contact Details: Guidance – April 2021 update

23rd April 2021

Updated multi-sector guidance has been published (20 April) to support businesses and other establishments gather customer and visitor data, to assist with contact tracing as part of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system. The guidance is available here.   Burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors continue to be advised to collect Test and Protect…

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Registering a Death – Sending Forms 14 Electronically

20th April 2021

On 1 April 2020 our blog post advised that National Records of Scotland (NRS), working with local authorities, moved to a remote registration. Many registration offices continue to have staff working (at least in part) from home.   NRS has no objections to Forms 14 with a digital image of the registrar’s signature, or a…

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COVID-19: Easing of Restrictions and Publication of Protection Levels Framework

13th April 2021

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…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions: funerals

16th March 2021

Today the First Minister announced the intention to lift the current ‘stay at home’ rule on the 2 April 2021 and replace it with guidance to stay local unless travelling for an essential purpose. The First Minister also announced the intention to move most of Scotland (with the exception of the islands) into a modified…

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COVID-19: Advice Card for Workplaces

15th March 2021

COVID-19 advice cards for workplaces are available here and can be downloaded, printed and displayed for staff and visitors to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in your workplace. Part A is for managers and supervisors so they know what is expected of them. Part B is for all workers and visitors and should…

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