Updated - 12 April 2021

12 April 2021


  1. The maximum number of mourners allowed by law at any venue is 30 people either inside or outside (some venues less). This restriction applies to funeral services only. and individual venues may have lower limits

  2. Given the Funeral Director is deemed to be the “event organiser” we have to strictly adhere to rule 1 above. As a consequence we reserve the right to bring a funeral to a halt if on arrival at a venue these numbers are exceeded.

  3. Whilst we understand this ruling is tough we will not be deviating from the Government guidance in any instance.

  4. up to 15 people may attend a funeral reception or wake in England, This will only apply to gatherings which take place at a COVID-secure outdoor hospitality venue, or other venue permitted to open for this purpose - such as a community centre or place of worship. In all other cases the limit remains 6 persons only

England: funeral service limit to remain at a maximum of 30. Some venues may have lower limits.

Commemorative events such as ritual washing and funeral receptions are limited to six people except for gatherings which take place at a COVID-secure outdoor hospitality venue, or other venue permitted to open for this purpose. In these cases the limit is 15 people.

This is just a brief reminder about the main principles of the current law regarding attendance at funerals.
  • Attendance must be limited to close family and friends.
  • A maximum of 30 (excluding funeral staff) can attend.
  • This limit applies to the entire venue, both inside and outside.
  • The limit may be smaller at certain venues, if there isn’t enough space for social distancing guidelines to be followed.

There have been reports of services with 30 indoors and additional mourners at an outside part of the venue. This is not allowed under the current regulations, which state, “Funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors”.

Keeping overall numbers at funerals as low as possible will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We appreciate your continued efforts to do all you can to reduce the risks.

A summary of the current laws, and additional guidance for mourners, is on the Essex County Council Faith, worship, funerals and bereavement page.  

Our advice


  • Our offices are open. Everyone entering an office must follow the strict guidance in place.
  • It is preferential for arrangements made over the telephone.
  • For the safety of families and our staff we will require an NHS Test & Trace form to be completed and returned to us before the funeral - CLICK HERE FOR AN ELECTONIC COPY OF THE FORM
  • Chapel visits by arrangement and restricted to two family members of the same household. Facemasks must be worn.
  • No viewing of Covid cases.
  • Chapel visits must be between 9:30am and 4:00pm.
  • Two Jaguar limousines fitted with protective screens are available. Only one household per car - this does not included anyone from a Support Bubble
  • We will continue to follow Government guidance and stress that strict social distancing will be followed at all times.

Funeral arrangements

Our offices are open. Wherever possible telephone arranging is the preferred option.


Two of our Jaguar limousines are available for funerals, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Up to 6 passengers if they are from the same household. This does not include anyone from a support bubble.
  • No mixing of households is allowed
  • The front seat next to the driver is not available
  • Face masks must be worn by all passangers at all times

The limousines are fitted with protective screens to reduce any chance of cross-contamination. Masks and hand gel will be available.

Office hours

Offices are open. Chapel visits (by arrangement) are permitted. Where possible arranging via telephone is the preferred option. Office hours are:

Saturday opening hours

  • Braintree and Hullbridge - closed
  • Burnham, Chelmsford, Maldon and South Woodham Ferrers - 10.00 am till 12.00 noon

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