CORONAVIRUS LATEST: Southend crematorium and cemetery churches closed to public

The crematorium grounds and cemetery churches, both on Sutton Road, Southend, have been closed to public access as the council continues to follow Government regulations around coronavirus.

Funerals and cremations will go ahead as planned, and bookings can still be made. However, to support staying home and supporting the Government’s social distancing instructions, the council has restricted access to the sites whilst measures are in place. Only funeral directors, funeral corteges and essential contractors will be allowed access.

The churches in the grounds of the cemetery will be closed until further notice and any memorial or remembrance services for funerals and cremations, including those already booked, will only be allowed in the west and south chapels at the crematorium.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: ““This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and having just lost a dear friend myself I sympathise with anyone who is going through a bereavement during these times. However, we must all ensure we follow Government regulations and unfortunately, closing our crematorium and cemetery is necessary.

“It is important to note that services can and will still go ahead, but please be aware that social distancing measures will be in place for these services. If you have any queries regarding a service you have planned, please get in touch and we will support you as best we can.”

Those who are unable to attend a funeral can make arrangement to view the service online, which the council is offering for free during the COVID-19 restrictions. Your funeral director will be able to organise this for you.

For up to date information, please visit: www.southend.gov.uk/alteredservices

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