DMAG

DMAG Update 4 November 2021

The members of DMAG held a video conference on 4 November 2021, with representatives from Ministry of Justice, Scottish Government, Northern Ireland Government and the UK Health Security Agency, present for the open part of the meeting. 

Scottish Government : GUIDANCE TO FUNERAL DIRECTORS’ BUSINESSES, CREMATION AUTHORITIES AND BURIAL AUTHORITIES ON EXEMPTIONS FROM COVID SELF-ISOLATION

23 December 2021 Critical workers’ exemption The Scottish Government has confirmed that businesses and organisations providing vital public services and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) industries can apply an exemption to allow critical / essential workers to volunteer to leave self-isolation and return to work, in certain limited circumstances, to allow vital services to continue. Businesses […]

Welsh Government : Alert Level Two measures

23 December 2021 The First Minister of Wales announced strengthened measures for Wales which will come into effect on Boxing Day. The following guidance relates to funerals and wakes: Funeral service rules are the same as previously; they are exempt from the limits set by venues and are based on a site specific risk assessment, […]

Scottish Government : COVID-19: Update to protective measures and upcoming regulatory changes

23 December 2021 On 21 December, as a consequence of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the First Minister set out new protective measures.  These measures are considered necessary to help stem the increase in cases of COVID-19, safeguard health and protect the NHS, the emergency services and the economy while the booster programme […]

DMAG issues joint COVID advice

20 December 2021 In recent meetings with representatives of the UK Government and devolved administrations, discussions have focused on the Covid variant Omicron and its likely implications for our sector. Whilst there is a great deal of uncertainty around the virus, it is clear from the initial work carried out by government scientists that it […]

Scottish Government : COVID-19: Updates on Regulations and Guidance, Face Coverings and Supplementary Form for Cremation

17 December 2021 Regulations and guidance: On 14 December the First Minister outlined new measures and guidance that will come into effect tomorrow, 17 December, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and to support staff and those arranging funerals. Businesses have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety […]

Important updated guidance : ‘Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus’

16 December 2021 The UK Health Security Agency has issued updated guidance for the care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) The update includes signposting to changes in legislation regarding face coverings, isolation and daily testing of COVID-19 contacts You can read the updated guidance here:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased/guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased-with-suspected-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19

Important updated guidance : ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funerals and commemorative events during the coronavirus pandemic’

16 November 2021 The Department of Health & Social Care and the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) has issued updated guidance for funerals and commemorative events. The updated guidance includes signposting to changes in legislation regarding face coverings, isolation and daily testing of COVID-19 contacts. Please note that funerals are exempt from […]

The guidance on face coverings in England is changing from 10th December

14 December 2021 The guidance on face coverings was updated on 10 December 2021 and ‘public facing funeral offices’ are now included on the list of places where you must wear a face covering by law.  You may find the following Q&A useful: Are face coverings a legal requirement at funerals? In England, face coverings […]

The guidance on face coverings in England is changing from 10th December

9 December 2021 The guidance on face coverings in England has been updated and now specifies that masks are required in crematoria and burial chapels: You can read the updated guidance here:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own