Funerals and Weddings

Funerals

The legal restriction on numbers attending funerals has been removed; however, all households are encouraged to keep a physical distance from people in other households. It is important to remember that mixing in the community without maintaining physical distancing measures helps the virus to spread widely. It is therefore important that people remain vigilant and follow the guidance from the Scottish Government to keep a physical distance from those in other households. It is recommended that congregations consider whether keeping distancing throughout a church building will be a useful mitigation to continue in the months that lie ahead. The decision on capacity within a church building rests with the congregation after a Risk Assessment and should not be altered at the request of a family for a larger funeral. It is important to remember that if a distance is maintained for an act of worship on a Sunday, it should be maintained for a funeral.

Face coverings should be worn by everyone attending a funeral unless a medical exemption is in place and all other guidance for worship should be followed.

Weddings

The legal restriction on numbers attending weddings has been removed; however, all households are encouraged to keep a physical distance from people in other households. It is important to remember that mixing in the community without maintaining physical distancing measures helps the virus to spread widely. It is therefore important that people remain vigilant and follow the guidance from the Scottish Government to keep a physical distance from those in other households. It is recommended that congregations consider whether keeping distancing throughout a church building will be a useful mitigation to continue in the months that lie ahead. The decision on capacity within a church building rests with the congregation after a Risk Assessment and should not be altered at the request of a family for a larger wedding. It is important to remember that if a distance is maintained for an act of worship on a Sunday, it should be maintained for a wedding.

Face coverings should be worn by everyone attending a wedding unless a medical exemption is in place. The only exception to this is for the Bride and Groom during the ceremony, the celebrant conducting the service and the person accompanying the bride down the aisle (but the face covering must be worn when the person has completed their task). All other guidance for worship should be followed.