Funeral services in places of worship
The Scottish Government understand that most faith and belief communities in Scotland have halted the provision of funeral services in their places of worship. These difficult decisions were taken in line with wider restrictions on all services being held at a place of worship, as well as other public gatherings.
This guidance is to help those responsible for places of worship and their ongoing consideration for reopening for funeral services, to help support their communities and in line with current restrictions.
It is not an instruction or request to reopen a place of worship for a funeral service. Each place of worship should make its own decision when it is safe to do so.
Reopening for funeral services should only be done if that can be carried out as safely as possible. Any assessment will include taking into account a place of worship’s own circumstances, this guidance and its requirements as well as wider public health advice at this time.
The Scottish Government have also published guidance for places of worship on re-opening for individual prayer or contemplation.