Planning Funerals as at September 2020 - Subject to change in different parts of the country

While funerals have currently been excluded from the ban on events taking place, funeral services are tightly restricted to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19 between those in attendance, funeral directors and crematoria staff.

It has been agreed that funerals can be held in churches in England from 15th June providing the individual churches can undertake the necessary risk assessment and cleaning. Churches will make their own decisions about hosting funerals in conjunction with the Diocesan office in each case. Your Funeral Director will be able to advise.

The new ‘rule of six’ laws (enacted on 14 September) do not apply to funeral services (burials or cremations, or religious ceremonies directly associated with burials and cremations) unless specified in areas of local lockdown.

However, they do apply to funeral wakes or receptions held in private homes or gardens in England – unless attendees are all from the same household or support bubble. In Wales, the rule of six law applies to funeral wakes or receptions held inside private homes, but not outside. In Scotland, the number for wakes and receptions is a maximum of 20, while in Northern Ireland, the number of people that may gather in a private home for a funeral wake or reception is ten, from no more than four households.

Funeral services can still take place in England, in places where there is a local lock down – with a maximum of 30 people and subject to COVID-19 secure guidelines – unless otherwise specified. However, at present we are aware of more restricted numbers in several locations. 

The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) have produced a leaflet to help us navigate through the variations across the four nations of the UK.

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Additional variations will be in force where there are local lockdowns where infection rates have increased. You are advised to check the Government’s local local lockdown regulations.

Funeral Costs

If you are worried about paying for a loved one’s funeral, please visit the Down to Earth website for help and advice. If you live in the Dundee/Fife/Angus/Kinross-shire area of Scotland, please visit for help and advice.