Funeral Industry News
Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill – update
10th February 2022 by funeral-industry-news
The Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 25th January. The news release, released 26 January 2022, has onwards links to the Bill text, together with accompanying documents, impact assessments and other relevant information. The Bill follows the 12 week full public consultation “Covid recovery: a consultation on public...
Covid-19: Regulatory changes and guidance updates
28th January 2022 by funeral-industry-news
On 25 January 2022, the First Minister announced further changes to the Covid-19 regulations and guidance, which impact on the funeral sector. The First Minister also announced the ‘distance aware’ scheme, more details below. Regulatory changes From today, Friday 28th January 2022: The physical distance a person must maintain from others if they remove their...
Covid-19: Guidance updates and protective measures
21st January 2022 by funeral-industry-news
On 20 January 2022, the First Minister announced the relaxation of a number of covid protective measures from the 24th January 2022. The Scottish Government guidance for Safer Businesses and Workplaces, Face coverings and Staying Safe guidance have now been updated to reflect these changes. It is important to remember that some Covid-19 protective measures do...
COVID-19: Update on duration of self-isolation and on critical worker exemptions to self-isolation
6th January 2022 by funeral-industry-news
On 21 December 2021, in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the First Minister set out new protective measures. We issued a blog on 23 December setting out how those protections and exemptions applied to the funeral industry. The First Minister made a further statement to the Scottish Parliament yesterday, 5 January 2022,...
COVID-19: Update on critical worker exemptions to self-isolation
23rd December 2021 by funeral-industry-news
Today, 23 December 2021, the Scottish Government published updated guidance on critical worker exemptions. The updated guidance, which contains important new information on self-isolation exemptions for the funeral sector, can be found here. For more information about how the sector should apply these exemptions, please see the recent blog post setting out the sector specific...
GUIDANCE TO FUNERAL DIRECTORS’ BUSINESSES, CREMATION AUTHORITIES AND BURIAL AUTHORITIES ON EXEMPTIONS FROM COVID SELF-ISOLATION
23rd December 2021 by funeral-industry-news
Critical workers exemption The Scottish Government has confirmed that businesses and organisations providing vital public services and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) industries can apply an exemption to allow critical / essential workers to volunteer to leave self-isolation and return to work, in certain limited circumstances, to allow vital services to continue. Businesses and organisations within...
COVID-19: Update to protective measures and upcoming regulatory changes
22nd December 2021 by funeral-industry-news
On 21 December, as a consequence of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the First Minister set out new protective measures. These measures are considered necessary to help stem the increase in cases of COVID-19, safeguard health and protect the NHS, the emergency services and the economy while the booster programme is completed and...
COVID-19: Updates on Regulations and Guidance, Face Coverings and Supplementary Form for Cremation
16th December 2021 by funeral-industry-news
Regulations and guidance: On 14 December the First Minister outlined new measures and guidance that will come into effect tomorrow, 17 December, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and to support staff and those arranging funerals. Businesses have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety legislation, in addition to...
COVID-19: Update on staying safe measures and regulatory changes
15th December 2021 by funeral-industry-news
As Omicron continues to spread, the Scottish Government is setting out new guidance and measures to take effect from Friday to stem the flow of transmission, keep businesses and services open, and protect against pressure on health services. The First Minister’s statement of 14 December is available to read in full here. While funerals can still...
First Minister announces changes to the rules on self-isolation
10th December 2021 by funeral-industry-news
Today, 10 December 2021, the First Minister of Scotland announced changes to the self-isolation rules for household contacts of Covid-19 cases. Household contacts: From 11 December 2021, if you’re identified as a household contact of a positive COVID-19 case, you will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days irrespective of vaccination status, PCR test result...