Number of mourners allowed at Manchester crematorium increases

The number of mourners allowed at funeral services at Altrincham Crematorium has increased from 10 to 20.

Trafford Council has increased the number of mourners at funeral services, as coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased.

The council revealed each facility within Greater Manchester has been reviewed and seating plans have been designed for each chapel to ensure that two metre social distancing can be maintained. This has allowed the number of mourners attending funerals to be increased within chapels.

At Altrincham Crematorium Chapel, attendance will be restricted to a maximum of 20 attendees.

Alongside the funeral director, chapel attendant, and funeral staff only the following should attend, members of the person’s household, close family members, close friends (if family is unavailable) and attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this.

Services taking place at the graveside are permitted to have a maximum of 30 attendees and must maintain social distancing of two-metres. 

The council said people self-isolating, vulnerable or showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend a funeral service and those invited to attend a service in the chapel should consider wearing face coverings as an additional precaution.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s executive leader for environment, air quality and climate change said, said: “We understand funerals are an emotional and difficult time for loved ones and the coronavirus has added to this. It is right that loved ones and friends want to say goodbye at times of grief. 

“However, it is important to continue following the guidelines set by the government to help prevent a second wave of the virus.”

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