Watford's cemeteries and crematorium to remain open

Watford cemeteries and crematorium will remain open for funeral services and for public visits, during the four-week Covid-19 lockdown period from 5 November to 2 December...

Published: Wednesday, 4th November 2020 North watford cemetary 1

North Watford and Vicarage Road cemeteries – managed by Watford Borough Council - will remain open for graveside and ashes burials.

In line with the latest Government guidance, the maximum number of mourners/attendees allowed at graveside burial services is 30. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings/interments can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance.

In November and December, cemetery grounds and public will be open as usual from 9am - 4pm. Public toilets can also be accessed during this period, however, our chapel remains closed at this time.

All restrictions have been put in place to conform to the Government guidance that no more than six people from multiple households are allowed to meet (outside and inside), in an attempt to combat the rising number of COVID-19 infections.

People are encouraged to follow the latest Government advice relating to social distancing:

  • Restrict the number of mourners to a maximum of 30 people
  • Stay two metres apart from people outside of your household where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place
  • Minimise contact with each other such as no hand-shaking
  • Refrain from attending the cemetery if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow all government guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during and after use of the cemetery.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “This is a very difficult time for those who have experienced loss and are grieving; being able to visit the Cemetery is, I know, an important source of comfort. Whilst we are still dealing with this terrible pandemic, our primary concern remains protecting the health of our residents, stopping the spread of the virus and ensuring our NHS can cope at a time of such high demand. We are encouraging visitors to keep safe by social distancing and avoiding meeting up with people from outside their household whilst at the Cemetery.” 

For more information, please visit watfordcemeteries.co.uk and www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus

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