More mourners can attend the district’s crematoria from this week after a change in government social distancing rules.
The move means that family members and friends who could not previously attend, can now take part in ceremonies.
For Pontefract Crematorium the number of mourners allowed to attend will increase from 45 to 100 – 85 in the main chapel, and 15 on the balcony. Due to limited ventilation, the waiting room will remain closed.
Meanwhile at Wakefield Crematorium, numbers will increase from 40 to 87. This comprises 80 in the chapel and a further seven in the waiting room.
Capacity within both Crematoria buildings is seating only, with no standing in the chapels, waiting areas or foyer. Mourners will still be allowed to gather outside and listen to services through outside speakers
Maximum numbers do not include people supporting the service – e.g. funeral directors, ministers and celebrants.
There is no longer need to collect contact details for track and trace.
The Chapel of Remembrance at each Crematorium has now re-opened, with a restriction of one group bubble in the building at any one time.
Cllr Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “Over the past months, restrictions have meant some very difficult and upsetting circumstances for the bereaved. We hope that this latest relaxation in social distancing guidance will bring some comfort and support to families and friends of the deceased.”