During the COVID-19 pandemic you may be aware of the Government guidance about attendance at funerals for family and friends and that the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) have published a Kent and Medway Funeral Standards publication. This was produced to provide clarity around the expectations of all services in Kent and Medway that were involved in the death management process including the maximum numbers that could attend a funeral service.
Following the relaxation of the situation announced by Boris Johnson on the 10th May 2020, we are being informed that funeral attendance numbers are starting to increase. However, there have not been any changes in the messaging for funerals and numbers should still be kept to a minimum and social distancing still adhered to.
The KRF’s Death Management Process Group advise to continue following the guidelines provided in the Funeral Standards and keep attendance at funerals to a maximum of 10 mourners which can be immediate family members or where the family are unable to attend close friends can. We appreciate this may be difficult to enforce, depending on the context and the size of each premises. If the numbers do exceed 10, then mourners should maintain a distance of 2 metres between themselves to minimise risk of infection. The KRF also wants to assure you that they are continuing to monitor the changing circumstances and will, when it is appropriate to do so, make any changes necessary to the Funeral Standards.
We understand that this is a difficult time for families and we do not wish for anyone to not be able to attend a funeral service but we do need to make sure that we are continuing to keep all involved as safe as possible.
Please read the Kent and Medway Funeral Standards publication here.