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Funerals and Cemeteries

Guidance to members of the public on the impact of coronavirus restrictions on funerals. 

Funerals can be a distressing experience, and the impact of coronavirus is making it even more difficult to make practical arrangements. This guidance has been prepared to help people at this very difficult time.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 place
new, temporary restrictions on gatherings and the movement of people in Wales.
This has been done to reduce the spread of coronavirus, save lives and protect the
Welsh NHS. 

They do allow people to leave home to attend a funeral if:
you are the person organising the funeral,
you have been invited to the funeral, or
you are the carer of a person who is attending the funeral (either because they are the organiser or they have been invited).

The current guidelines (as at 24/09/20) allows a maximum of 30 people to attend a funeral and all guests should wear face coverings (unless they fall in to one of the exemption categories).

The death of anyone close to you is a very distressing and sad event. But at this time,
we ask you to only attend funerals of your closest family and friends and only if you
have been invited. Please do not attend a funeral if it would involve extensive travel.

Everyone attending a funeral – whether at a crematorium, place of worship or
cemetery – should take all reasonable measures to stay 2 metres away from someone
they don’t live with or care for. This will help to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Those responsible for running the crematorium, place of worship or cemetery will
make arrangements to maintain this 2 metre rule.

The need to maintain 2 metres between people means the number of people who will be able to attend a funeral will be limited.


If you have symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature or a new, persistent cough – you should not attend. If you are self-isolating you should not attend due to a possible case of coronavirus in your household you can attend if you take steps to minimise the risk of transmission. If you are extremely vulnerable or in a shielded group you should also be helped to attend, if you wish to.

Funerals can be broadcast and livestreamed so people who cannot be physically
present can attend the ceremony virtually. In addition, books of condolence can be
opened online and other tributes paid through electronic communications or social
media. Please speak to your Funeral Director to see if they can arrange this for you. 

Family and friends may also want to consider holding a memorial service or
celebration of life once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

It is important that you do not delay the funeral of your loved one. We understand how difficult this will be for their families and friends, however the current guidance will be in place for the foreseeable future for the safety of the public and to ensure that funeral directors, crematoriums and burial grounds can continue to offer as normal a service as possible.

All cemeteries in Merthyr Tydfil are currently open as normal. We kindly ask people visiting to adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times. Thank you.