Chelmsford City Council

Coronavirus guidance for Cemetery and Crematorium

You can visit the Cemetery from 9am to 6.30pm every day, including bank holidays. The Bereavement services office remains closed. The Cemetery toilets are only available to those attending a funeral. You can read about the changes we've made due to coronavirus.

During this time, our overall services may be disrupted and are subject to change without notice. This means there may be a delay opening some areas of the Cemetery, for example the Memorial Chapel. 

We are focusing on providing funerals and burials, which may mean a short delay in our other services.

We ask you to be tolerant and polite to our staff who are working hard to make sure visitors and families are safe. 

Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time for all.


Attending a funeral

To keep yourselves, our staff and the general public safe, you must follow the government’s guidance on social distancing. If you are attending a funeral, we ask that you:

  • wear a face covering, unless you are exempt
  • provide us with your contact details for NHS Test and Trace
  • discourage family and friends who cannot attend the funeral from gathering outside the chapel
  • refrain from sharing refreshments in the Cemetery and Crematorium grounds after the funeral

For NHS Test and Trace, we will only hold your contact details for 21 days.


Bereavement Services office

The Bereavement Services office remains closed to in person visits. 

You can contact us online or call 01245 605630.


Cemetery grounds

We will continue to take care of the cemetery grounds, but the staff you may see on site can’t help with enquiries at the moment.

You should respect social distancing and should not approach staff or walk within two metres of anyone on site.

The water system in the cemetery is on, but watering cans and flower flutes are currently unavailable.


Crematorium and burial services

The Crematorium is only open for funeral services. Burial services also continue in the Cemetery grounds. There are restrictions on the number of those attending.

Due to social distancing requirements, we are limiting the number of people at funerals. Whilst we recognise the importance of funerals, we must follow regulations and guidance at all times.

We ask that only a small number of family and friends of the deceased travel to and attend a funeral.

Seating will allow up to 20 people in the South Chapel or 10 people in the North Chapel, spaced out to allow appropriate social distancing. There is no standing room.

If you are attending a funeral you can use the toilets, but only when the previous service has finished and everyone has left the Chapel.

We have organised the seating in the Chapels to provide a two-metre distance between different household groups and ministers and celebrants carrying out the service.

The catafalque curtains will remain open throughout the service.


Flowers

We ask that you don’t place flowers in the Memorial Chapel or by the memorial wall, by the rose garden.

 

Memorial Chapel

The Memorial Chapel is open to view the Book of Remembrance, only. 

We ask that you don't:

  • touch the book of remembrance cabinet surface
  • place flowers or vases in the Memorial Chapel

The Memorial Chapel is open every day, and closes 15 minutes before the ground close.


Opening times

You can view the opening times for the Cemetery and Crematorium.


Toilets

The toilets remain closed to the public, unless you are attending a funeral.


Visiting the Cemetery

The Cemetery grounds are open every day, including bank holidays. You can view the opening times.

There may be a delay opening some areas of the Cemetery, for example, the Memorial Chapel. We would appreciate your patience and kindness at this time.

You can visit the Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance to seek solace at the final resting place of a loved one.

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    Last updated: 01 April 2021

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