Lockdown Still Applies To Funerals Says Police

Police act sensitively with families during lockdown over funeral arrangements.

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Police act sensitively with families during lockdown over funeral arrangements.

The passing of a loved one is always a difficult time for family members and friends. It is made even more difficult with the lockdown due to coronavirus.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: “We recognise that when a loved one dies it is an extremely difficult and sad time for family members and friends.

“Normally, a funeral allows those grieving to pay  their final respects. However, we are currently living in unprecedented times. The health emergency regulations introduced by the Department of Health, with the support of the Executive, are designed to protect the health of the public and ultimately save lives.

“We continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in the NI Executive Office, the Department of Health and agencies across the public sector. Our aim is to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

“To ensure that people adhere to the public health advice, as set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations NI 2020, we are engaging with a range of parties. This is to ensure compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

“It includes funeral undertakers and, where necessary, local churches and the family of loved ones who have passed away.”