Coronavirus: MPs urge churches to allow small funerals

May 5, 2020 by

from BBC News:

A group of Tory MPs are calling on the Church of England to ease restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak to allow small-scale funerals in churches.

A letter signed by 36 MPs suggests clergy be allowed to enter their churches to officiate at funerals while observing safety measures.

Churches closed in March, with funerals only permitted to take place at the graveside or the crematorium.

The Church of England said its advice came after safety concerns.

It comes as a virtual meeting of the House of Bishops is due to take place.

In a letter addressed to the Lord Archbishops and Diocesan Bishops of the Church of England, the MPs say they are concerned “that the wishes of the deceased and bereaved are not being fulfilled with a proper committal in the church of their wish”.

It says the government guidance on funerals “is clear” and that services can take place with “proper measures in place”.

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