THE limit of ten close family members able to attend funerals at Redditch Crematorium has been lifted.
However Redditch Borough Council is urging families to stay safe as the coronavirus lockdown is gradually lifted.
And if they are attending a funeral to wear a mask or cloth face covering if possible.
Previously attendance at funerals had been limited to just ten mourners at Redditch Crematorium as part of a range of strict safety measures that ensured services could continue throughout lockdown.
Now easing restrictions in England mean that, with other safety measures still in place, close family members, – and friends, if no immediate family is available – can now attend funerals.
However crematorium staff are urging relatives to think twice about attending a funeral service as, although safety measures will be in place, the more people who turn up, the increased likelihood of Covid-19 spreading if someone has symptoms of the virus.
Bereavement Services Manager, Mike Birkinshaw, said: “With restrictions lifted it’s over to the families to decide for themselves who attends, while remembering there are clear risks to people from outside the same household attending together.
“We will of course maintain strict safety measures but while these help to reduce the risk somewhat, the more people who get together, the higher the risk of the coronavirus spreading.”
Councillor Brandon Clayton whose portfolio covers Bereavement Services, added: “To make it easier for family and friends to attend remotely, I am delighted the council is footing the bill for the webcasting of funerals.
“If you are attending the funeral of a close family member at this time, we would advise you wear a mask or cloth face covering, if possible.
“Please also observe the Government’s coronavirus guidelines by staying at least two metres apart from members of other households, and wash hands regularly.”
Safety markings and various other safety measures are now in place at Redditch Crematorium together with updated signs explaining the changes.