Cemeteries now closed due to new Government laws
April 3, 2020
Northumberland County Council regrets to inform residents that with immediate effect all cemeteries are now closed across the county to the public until further notice.
Unfortunately, this is a requirement of the new Government legislation around coronavirus and the Council has had to close the cemeteries to meet these requirements.
The council understands that these measures are very difficult for many families who are grieving and want to visit the grave of loved ones. However, cemeteries and burial grounds can now only open for funerals.
We continue to work closely with churches and funeral directors around funeral planning and cemetery arrangements and appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the public at this time.
Due to current restrictions it’s also been necessary to limit the number of mourners at funerals to a maximum of eight members of the immediate family of the deceased.
The council has also introduced a free web-cast service so that anyone unable to attend a service in person is able to view the service by digital means.
These restrictions apply to funerals, memorial services and gatherings for all faith groups at any cemetery in Northumberland and at the Blyth Crematorium.
This decision has not been taken lightly but is necessary for the safety, health and consideration of the local and wider community.
We appreciate that this will cause sadness and upset to those who seek comfort in visiting the resting place of their loved ones. Please be assured we are following Government guidelines and that cemetery spaces will still be looked after and treated respectfully by our staff.