Funeral Industry News
COVID-19: Those attending funerals for the purpose of work are not included in the maximum permitted numbers at funerals
7th July 2021 by funeral-industry-news
The maximum attendance limit for funeral services and post-funeral gatherings is set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) protection levels. Those maximum limits are: Level 4 – funeral services 20; no post-funeral gatherings Level 3 – funeral services 50; post-funeral gatherings 50 Level 2 – funeral services 50; post-funeral gatherings 50 Level 1 – funeral services...
Burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors are reminded that they continue to be strongly advised to collect Test and Protect details from all funeral attendees.
5th July 2021 by funeral-industry-news
Updated Test and Protect guidance now advises premises to collect contact details for all visitors where previously the lead household member’s details were sufficient. If premises allow visitors to provide their details digitally or in advance, contact information only needs to be collected on-site for those who have not yet provided this information. This measure...
1st July 2021 by funeral-industry-news
The First Minister announced on Tuesday the 22 June that all of Scotland will be moving to Level 0 on 19 July, if the data continues to support that. Following this the intention is then to move beyond Level 0 on 9 August. The Scottish Government will advise on the continued use of certain baseline...
COVID-19: Easing funeral restrictions from 28 June 2021, Scotland’s Review of Physical Distancing and an Update to Scotland’s Strategic Framework
22nd June 2021 by funeral-industry-news
Funeral restrictions Today (22 June) The first Minister confirmed a number of important relaxations to funeral restrictions to take place from Monday 28 June. These relaxations are: A change to regulations that will allow members from more than one household to carry the coffin indoors and outdoors at a funeral service and to...
2nd June 2021 by funeral-industry-news
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...
15th March 2021 by funeral-industry-news
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...
10th July 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Staying safe and keeping others safe by wearing face coverings* has been made mandatory from today (10 July) in shops and retail settings, and in private hire vehicles. New guidance is available, with also dedicated guidance for retail settings. This requirement applies to funeral director businesses. Please read the guidance through in full and take...
28th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Social Security Scotland has outlined below what it is doing to try and ease the pressure for funeral directors during the coronavirus pandemic. Relaxing eligibility timescales Funeral Support Payment continues to only be available to people in Scotland, who are on certain benefits or tax credits, who had the nearest relationship to the deceased, and...
26th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Access to COVID-19 testing in Scotland has been widened and that includes to funeral industry workers, if showing symptoms of COVID-19. Please see this publication from 25 April: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for key workers in Scotland. It sets out how tests are available. We won’t include details in this post, as the publication states it...
14th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
SEPA has announced the steps they are taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read their media release at the link: https://media.sepa.org.uk/media-releases/2020/sepa-supports-scottish-business-adapt-to-public-health-emergency.aspx Bookmark their media announcements page to stay aware of new guidance or regulatory changes SEPA may release.