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West Norfolk Council plea over funeral rules

Council officials have urged funeral directors to ensure mourners are aware of the coronavirus rules following incidents at West Norfolk's main crematorium.

Under the current lockdown restrictions, a maximum of 30 people are allowed to attend funeral services.

But a report published ahead of this Thursday's scheduled borough council meeting has revealed staff at the Mintlyn Crematorium, just outside Lynn, have been faced with larger groups than are allowed.

Mintlyn Crematorium.. (43588257)
Mintlyn Crematorium.. (43588257)

Paul Kunes, the authority's cabinet member for commercial services and climate change, wrote: "There have been a couple of occasions where groups of mourners larger than the permitted 30 have turned up at the Crematorium.

"This can be distressing and embarrassing.

"I am pleased to say our staff have dealt with these problems in a professional and courteous manner.

"Funeral directors have been contacted and asked to remind mourners of the Covid rules."

The current rules also allow for a maximum of six people to attend commemorative ceremonies, such as stone setting ceremonies, the scattering of ashes or a wake. People are allowed to leave their homes for such events.

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