Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Services for up to 20 people can be safely offered at Yeovil Crematorium from Monday 6 July
Additional steps are being taken at Yeovil Crematorium to ensure public safety in light of new Government guidance regarding social distancing.
Our team at the Crematorium is doing all it can to ensure that services in the chapel can accommodate up to 20 people for services from Monday 6 July.
Due to the space limitations in the chapel, up to 10 people will be able to be seated while a further 10 will be able to stand during services.
A number of other restrictions, following guidance from the Government, will also be in place:
- Religious leaders, lay people, family, volunteers, staff and members of the public, including children should not attend the Crematorium site if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste. This is to minimise risk of spread of COVID-19 to friends, the wider community, and particularly the vulnerable.
- Individuals who are shielding should continue to follow the government’s advice on shielding.
- If anyone becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 in a place of worship they will be asked to return home and follow the stay at home guidance.
- During services, people should avoid singing and any spoken responses should not be in a raised voice. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission.
- On entering and leaving the chapel everyone, including staff, should wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using the hand sanitiser which will be provided
- Where congregations comprise 10 people or greater, we ask all members of the congregation to wear protective face coverings. When congregations are numbered 10 or fewer, and able to keep 2m apart, they will not need to wear a protective face covering although it is still recommended practice in enclosed spaces.
- The general advice is that children and young people should ensure they clean their hands more often than usual and use a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes. Young children should be supervised by the parent or guardian.
Open air services will also continue to be offered.
The full guidance provided by the Government can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic
Since restrictions were put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we have been working hard to keep the Crematorium site open safely and in line with guidance.
Steps we have taken including significant alterations inside the chapel including removal of soft furnishings from the chapel that cannot be easily deep cleaned
We will continue to clean the Chapel extensively between every service to ensure public safety. Hand gel will also be provided for anyone in attendance.