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Cemeteries in Bromsgrove District have reopened after the Government confirmed that they should be open if possible.

The Government clarified this weekend (April 18) that while crematoria must remain closed to the public except for funerals and burials under the new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, cemeteries should remain open if possible.

Mike Birkinshaw, Bromsgrove District Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, said: “In line with the latest Government advice and after a risk assessment, we are re-opening our cemeteries to pedestrians.

“Measures to help people say goodbye as safely as possible remain in place before, during and after services. These include keeping a minimum distance between people of two metres (6 feet), and asking mourners to remain in their cars before, and remove tissues and service sheets after, funerals.

“Unfortunately Redditch Crematorium and its surrounds, which along with cemeteries is managed by a shared service between Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils, must remain closed to the public except for funeral and burial services. However the cemetery there, Abbey Cemetery, is now open.

“Thank you for your continued understanding at this difficult and changing time.”

These arrangements remain subject to updates at short notice, as Government guidelines are subject to change.

For more details of this and all the latest borough council Coronavirus service updates, please visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Editor's note

This article was amended on June 9 2020 to remove out of date references to services being limiting services to six, and then ten, mourners only,