Coronavirus information for funerals, burials and interments of cremated remains

Arranging a funeral, burial or cremation is a difficult thing to do at any time, and under the current circumstances even more so. We are working to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on bereavement services.

Our cemeteries remain open and we have introduced the following temporary changes: 

  • Our council offices are closed to the public. For all enquiries please telephone our bereavement service team on 01530 454595
  • Attendance at funerals is now restricted to immediate family only. Immediate family are classed as:
    • Spouse/partner
    • Parent/ carers
    • Brothers/sisters
    • Children and partners
    • If the above are unable to attend, close friends
  • The number of the above is restricted to 8 for any burial interments at the cemetery
  • The number of the above is restricted to 2 for cremated remains interments at the cemetery
  • At no point should mourners mix closer than 2 metres apart from each other
  • When entering the cemetery all mourners should remain in their vehicles until the Funeral Director invites them to the graveside. Mourners must adhere to the instructions provided by the Funeral Directors (observing social distancing of 2 metres). No hand shaking will take place.
  • Mourners should follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral gathering
  • Mourners should avoid any direct face-to-face or physical contact, for example, hugging each other unless they are part of the same household, that is, they have already been living in the same house as each other
  • Mourners in attendance, should follow the general advice on hand hygiene and preventing the spread of infection. Hand washing facilities are available in our cemetery toilets.
  • Mourners who are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) (a new continuous cough or a high temperature) Should not attend the funeral
  • In many situations the household members of the deceased person will be the next of kin; they may be having to self-isolate in line with household guidance. Where the funeral is scheduled to take place before the period of household isolation has been completed (14 days from the first case in that household), there should be no mixing between mourners who are self-isolating and those who are not
  • Mourners who are self-isolating or are from the shielding group with no symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) may attend
  • Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable i.e. shielding group should adhere to rigorous hand and respiratory hygiene at all times but particularly whilst out of the home environment. Hand sanitiser or sanitising wipes should be used regularly whilst outside of the home. Hand washing facilities are available in our cemetery toilets.
  • If you are in one of the above groups please contact your funeral director who may be able to facilitate a live stream of the funeral.
  • Until further notice you will not be able to select a plot for you loved on or pre-purchase a grave plot.
  • We are not currently offering appointments to meet a member of staff to select, locate a grave or memorial
  • You may not currently scatter cremated remains of loved ones with family and friends present

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation we will update you of any further changes. This guidance will be in place for the foreseeable future for the safety of the public.

We are happy to give guidance on these matters please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel 01530 454595

Please see the link below for further guidance to support the bereaved during the coronavirus 

We manage four cemeteries in North West Leicestershire

Coalville - Broom Leys (Meadow Lane) LE67 4DL

Coalville - London Road - LE67 3JD

Whitwick - Church lane - LE67 5DL

Hugglescote - Station Road - LE67 2GB

Cemeteries we don't manage

There are also cemeteries owned by town and parish councils in the district.  Queries relating to other cemeteries and burial grounds in North West Leicestershire should be referred to the appropriate Parish Council or church.


Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, Legion House, South Street, Ashby, Leicestershire, LE65 1BQ

Telephone: 01530 416961


Ashby Woulds Town Council and Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe Joint Burial Committee

Lindsay Weaver, 71 Main Street, Thringstone, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8ND

Telephone: 01530 222348


Nicola Land, Ibstock Miners Welfare Site, Ibstock, Leicester LE67 6HN

Telephone: 01530 261475 or 07855565936



Measham Leisure Centre off High Street, Measham, Derbyshire DE12 7HR 

Telephone: 01530 589583


Date Issued 03 April 2020

Date Revised 24 April 2020

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