Funerals in Stoke-on-Trent will be limited to just 10 mourners to help stem the spread of coronavirus.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has revealed both cremations and burials will be restricted to 10 people in order to comply with the Government’s guidance on social gatherings.
Video streaming of ceremonies will be available at Carmountside Crematorium to enable services to be viewed on portable devices.
The new rules, which come in place on Monday, will also see changes to the way civil ceremonies such as weddings and citizenship celebrations are administered by the city council.
A city council spokesman said: “Civil ceremonies will be conducted by one registrar, one registering registrar, the couple and two witnesses of their choice. Ceremonies can only take place in the venue that the legal notice has been given for, therefore if the chosen venue is closed, the ceremony can not go ahead as planned.
“Ceremonies scheduled to take place at Hanley Town Hall will continue with those restrictions. Ceremonies can also be rescheduled should couples prefer to do so, and this can be accommodated subject to availability.
“Council teams are in the process of contacting everyone with a ceremony booking to discuss the options in their particular circumstances.
“In the interests of keeping visitors and staff safe, the number of mourners attending either cremation or burial funeral services is restricted to 10. This will be done in a sensitive way in accordance with the guidance from government that social gatherings in a restricted place should be avoided.”
Information on how to stream a funeral service is available at www.stoke.gov.uk.