Guidance: COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event

Department Of Health

January 11
13:55 2022


This advice is designed to assist people who are involved in arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event following a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is also for professionals who may be involved in arranging or managing a funeral or commemorative event.

This guidance has been developed to ensure that:

  • people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect when someone dies
  • funerals and commemorative events can continue to take place while minimising the risk of infection

The translations and easy read have been temporarily removed while they are being updated in line with the latest changes to guidance.

Please note

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide, and in the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

Published 19 April 2020
Last updated 11 January 2022 +show all updates
  1. Removed requirement for people testing positive on an LFD test to have a confirmatory PCR test.

  2. Updated to reflect changes in guidance on face coverings and the introduction of the NHS COVID Pass.

  3. Added translations.

  4. Updated guidance to confirm that permission to leave isolation also applies to contacts of suspected or confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

  5. Updated in line with change in messaging on when to take an LFD test.

  6. Added easy-read guide.

  7. Added translations.

  8. Updated in line with changes to regulations when entering England from overseas, and to reflect the end of the shielding programme.

  9. Added translations.

  10. Updated in line with changes to self-isolation for contacts from 16 August.

  11. Added translations.

  12. Removed previous version of the guidance. Temporarily removed easy read and translations while updating.

  13. Added new guidance in line with Step 4 of the roadmap for 19 July. Updated information for those attending and arranging an event, and for people leaving self-isolation or quarantine to attend a funeral.

  14. Updated guidance to remove information relating to legal restrictions prior to 21 June.

  15. Added translations.

  16. Updates to maximum number of people that may attend a commemorative event and also changes to clarification of definitions. Translations have been temporarily removed.

  17. Added translations.

  18. Updated to remove previous references to Step 2 of the roadmap.

  19. Updated to reflect Step 3 of the Government Roadmap out of Lockdown (from 17 May).

  20. Updated translations.

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