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COVID-19 - Funerals and Ashes Interments

Updated 22 September 2020

Only members of the deceased person’s household or close family members should attend funerals. Any individual displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. Those who do attend will need to adhere to social distancing at all times, including when travelling to and from the funeral.


  • 30 people outside socially distanced
  • Heybridge Chapel 4 x 6 people (1 group Right Front, 1 group Right Back, 1 group Left Front, 1 group Left Back, seating/pews in-between groups to be out of bounds with signage & ribbon)
  • Maldon Chapel 4 x 6 people (as per above)
  • Attendees to be advised that masks should be worn inside
  • Track & Trace – Funeral Directors will manage this

Ashes Interments

  • 6 people outside socially distanced
  • The chapel will not be available for ashes interments
  • Track & Trace – cemeteries & bereavement service will ensure contact details for lead family(s)

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic