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Cemeteries – coronavirus update

Arranging a burial

Please note - the cemeteries administration office is currently closed to visits in person. All correspondence should be sent by email or fax.

Arrangements are in place for next of kin arranging a funeral who may be self-isolating or affected by coronavirus infection and therefore unable to sign documentation. Please speak to your funeral director or the cemeteries administration office for more information.

Please ensure the team are made aware, via your funeral director if relevant, if the deceased was a known or suspected Covid-19 victim.

Attendance at burials

To protect against the spread of coronavirus, Scottish Government regulations currently limit who can attend a burial.

The maximum number of people who can attend a burial is 50 and is no longer limited to close family of the deceased.

Singing restrictions will remain in place with no singing of hymns at the graveside.

Please make sure physical distancing guidance is followed to protect the health of those attending and our staff, which includes staying two metres (six feet) away from other people.

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus or who is self-isolating because a member of their household has displayed symptoms must not attend a burial.

Burial arrangements

No services or ceremonies are permitted within our cemeteries at this time.

Only the funeral director and burial staff shall be involved in transporting the coffin to the graveside and lowering the coffin. Social distancing with mourners must be maintained while transporting the coffin and during the burial. Mourners must remain behind any barriers or markers in place to maintain a suitable distance to staff.

Please note - staff may be wearing additional forms of personal protective equipment such as facemasks and we appreciate your understanding of these measures to help protect our staff.

Page last updated:
11 May 2021

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