REDDITCH Borough Council has stepped up measures to ensure friends and relatives can say goodbye to their loved ones as safely as possible at the town’s crematorium.
It’s now allowing a maximum of six mourners to attend burials and cremations in Redditch as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and maintain critical services.
Mike Birkinshaw, the Borough’s bereavement services manager, said: “As part of our continuing efforts to protect everyone during coronavirus, and in line with the latest Government advice, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to limit numbers.
“It’s the latest change designed to help people say goodbye as safely as possible.”
Bereavement services staff have already spaced out crematorium pews, removed hymn books, and asked mourners to remain in their cars before, and remove tissues and service sheets after, funerals and cut the cost of livestreaming ceremonies to make remote attendance more accessible.