Advice for Funerals

The Scottish Government has updated its advice for funerals available here. 

Those attending a funeral, or advising others on attendance, should review and follow the below:

  • in-person attendance at funeral services should be limited to 20 people. This is not including the funeral director, venue staff or celebrant. Numbers of attendees will also be based on the size of the venue and its ability to maintain strict physical distancing measures, so the number able to attend may be less than this
  • all attendees must maintain at least a 2 metre distance from each other at all times (except where they are from the same household, or a carer and the person is assisted by the carer)
  • if available, those who cannot attend in person should consider joining remotely via electronic means or viewing a recording of the service
  • all attendees should maintain good hand and cough hygiene, both before and after attending a service e.g. such as regular hand washing, disposing of tissues etc, safely, and ideally taking home
  • attendees should seriously consider the use of a face covering, particularly if in an enclosed space
  • if a person is symptomatic (showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection) or has tested positive with COVID-19 they must not attend a funeral service in person, during the period they are required to self-isolate
  • if a person is not symptomatic or a confirmed COVID-19 case, but is self-isolating due to another member of their household either showing symptoms of COVID-19 or their household member has tested positive with COVID-19, that person must seriously consider not attending a funeral service in person. They should instead continue to follow household self-isolation advice
  • if person is not symptomatic or a confirmed COVID-19 case, but is self-isolating as a result of other contact (identified through contact tracing), they must seriously consider not attending a funeral service in person. This person should instead follow all contact tracing and self-isolation advice provided to them
  • provide contact details for Test and Protect purposes. Doing so is very important to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).