CEMETERIES across Bromsgrove District have re-opened following Government advice.
While crematoria must remain closed to the public, except for funerals and burials, under the new Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) England, Regulations 2020, cemeteries should remain open.
Mike Birkinshaw, Bromsgrove District Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, said: “In line with the latest Government advice and after a risk assessment, we are re-opening our cemeteries to pedestrians.
“Measures to help people say goodbye as safely as possible remain in place before, during and after services.”
Services are limited to just six mourners, who must keep the minimum two-metre social distancing between each other.
Mourners must also remain in their cars before and take with them tissues and service sheets with them afterwards.
Redditch Crematorium and its surrounds, which along with cemeteries is managed by a shared service between Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils, must remain closed to the public except for funeral and burial services.
The cemetery there – Abbey Cemetery – is now open.
Mr Birkinshaw thanked people for their continued understanding during these difficult and changing times.
The arrangements remain subject to updates at short notice, as Government guidelines are subject to change.
Visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.