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Funerals and cemeteries

Last updated 9.21am Friday 14 May

Bereavement Services are continuing to carry out Cremations at Blackley Crematorium, and burials at all of our Cemeteries, which include:

  • Southern Cemetery
  • Gorton Cemetery
  • Philips Park Cemetery
  • Blackley Cemetery

In light of updated government guidelines on how to best protect the public during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have eased restrictions for mourners attending funeral services.

  • Mourners are encouraged to wear face coverings inside chepels.
  • The number of mourners permitted to attend funerals inside our chapels has increased.
  • Blackley Crematorium will allow a maximum of 20 people to attend services in the East and West Chapels and a maximum of 60 people in the Centre Chapel.
  • A maximum of 20 people will be also able to attend services in the North Chapel at Southern Cemetery.

In order to protect staff and the public, our employees will be keeping a safe distance from funeral gatherings during services.

The situation is under continual review in accordance with national guidance, and may be subject to changes at short notice.

NHS Test and Trace

Where a group of mourners are attending a funeral, the details of the lead funeral applicant will be used to support the NHS Test & Trace scheme. We also encourage all mourners entering chapels to scan the QR codes.

This information will be shared with NHS Test and Trace where requested, to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Read more information in the Bereavement services privacy notice

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