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: 

  • The Council building is closed to the public for all enquiries please telephone our Bereavement service team on 01530 454595
  • The number of the above is restricted to 20 for any burial interments at the cemetery.
  • The number of the above is restricted to 10 for cremated remains interments at the cemetery.
  • The mourners should keep 2 metres apart from each other where possible in the cemetery and 1metre plus by the graveside - Face coverings must be worn when less that 2metres apart
  • 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.
  • All mourners who are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) Should not attend any gatherings in any circumstances.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate at home for at least 10 days and request a test online, or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if they do not have internet access.
  • 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.
  • Mourners who are self- isolating with no symptoms of coronavirus (Covid- 19 ) may attend.
  • Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable 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.
  • Mourners who are self-isolating due to someone in their household or support bubble being unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or as advised by NHS Test and Trace, but are not symptomatic themselves, should be facilitated to attend the funeral in person should they wish to do so, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission. The mourner can only leave their place of self-isolation when attending the funeral and is otherwide expected to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 day period unless another exemption applies.
  • Mourners who have travelled to Emgland from other countried that are not exempt from the requirments to self-isolate (in the last 14 days) may attend the funeral
  • You will now be able to pre-purchase a grave plot by making an appointment with the office to meet a member of staff onsite, guidelines will be issues.
  • 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 links below for further guidance to support the bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-the-bereaved?utm_source=68e94f9e-860b-4243-bae7-5a475465762e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Coronavirus bereavement information document (PDF Document, 0.2 Mb)

Coronavirus bereavement information - easy read version (PDF Document, 7.52 Mb)

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

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

Telephone: 01530 416961

Email info@ashbytowncouncil.org.uk

Ashby Woulds Town Council and Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe Joint Burial Committee

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

Telephone: 01530 222348

Ibstock

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

Telephone: 01530 261475 or 07855565936

Email ibstock@ymail.com

Measham

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

Telephone: 01530 589583

Email info@meashamparishcouncil.gov.uk

Date Issued 03 April 2020

Date Revised 24 April 2020

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Last updated: Mon 17 August, 2020 @ 16:07