COVID-19: Updates

Guidance has now been received from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) regarding the COVID restrictions at Funeral Services  from Monday 19th July 2021.

We will reinstate the chairs in the main crematorium and the pews in the cemetery chapels so that we will be back to our full seated capacity. This will be 87 for the main chapel and 55 for the Cemetery.

We would respectfully ask that attendees still continue to wear a face mask/ covering in line with the current government recommendations to wear these in crowded spaces. We appreciate that should the attendance be of limited numbers, and the applicant for the service feels comfortable with the situation, that families may choose to socially distance rather than wear a mask.

Singing is now permitted, which we appreciate may be difficult wearing a face covering and hymn books will be available if required.

New guidance surrounding persons attending a service if they are required to self isolate or quarantine can be found by clicking on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/19-july-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-funerals-and-commemorative-events-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic#exempt

A person that has tested positive for Covid 19 or is displaying symptoms, should not attend a funeral service unless they meet the exemption criteria in the guidance within the link above and follow the notification information. Even in this situation, where possible, the person should consider attending remotely. This examtion does not apply to attendance at commemorative events such as the scattering and burying of ashes.

We will of course still be providing hand sanitiser and the hand washing facilities will continue to be clearly signed.

Although the capacity within the chapels has increased, we appreciate that some families may still prefer to continue to socially distance and sit within their bubbles. To aid with this, an updated seating plan has been uploaded to our website to aid families in their planning.

As ever we are here to support you so please do not hesitate to ask if you have any queries and we will do our best to answer them.

We are adhering to all government guidance , however, we have not lost sight of the fact that you are visiting us at a particularly difficult time and will do our best to carryout personal requests if it is safe to do so.

We will amend this information as and when guidance is updated.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kent & Sussex Crematorium Chapel Seating Plan