When will funerals go back to normal?

All restrictions placed upon funerals could be lifted on or after 21st June, according to the government’s latest guidelines, published on 22nd February. From the 8th March funerals will continue to be subject to the 30 mourners at services and six at wakes or memorial events.

It won’t be until the second step in the roadmap – no earlier than 12th April, that the limit for wakes and commemorative events will be lifted – to 15 people. Step three is expected to be implemented no earlier than 17th May and the limit for all live events will continue to be 30 people, but this will now apply to wakes and memorials. The final step, step four, is when all legal limits affecting funerals will be lifted and this is planned for no earlier than 21st June.

All of the above is subject to coronavirus infection rates and will be reviewed at five-weekly intervals. The assessment will be based on four tests:

– The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
– Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
-Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
-Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.

COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)