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Cardiff limits numbers at funerals and cancels weddings

Cardiff Council has introduced limits on the number of people attending funerals and wedding services have been cancelled to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.

From today, a maximum of ten immediate family members will be able to attend burials and cremations taking place at Thornhill Crematorium and the city’s cemeteries.

All wedding ceremonies are now cancelled and due to a spring backlog caused by COVID-19, new bookings for weddings will not be taken for dates before September. No new notices of marriage are currently being taken.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Michael Michael, said: “These are big milestone events when families and friends would normally come together to celebrate or to mourn, but these really are unprecedented times and top priority has to be limiting social contact to help delay the spread of COVID-19.

“To help as many people as possible to pay their respects to loved ones, the council are waiving their standard £50 fee for live webcasts of funeral services. These services, provided by a contractor are subject to demand, but will be available via a private PIN number which will be provided on request from the funeral director.”

The reception area at Thornhill Crematorium is now closed to the public. Queries can still be handled online via www.cardiffbereavement.co.uk by emailing [email protected]or calling 029 2054 4820.

To maintain service levels, priority is currently being given to key work directly related to burials and cremations over ground maintenance regimes in Cardiff’s cemeteries. Cemeteries currently remain open to the public but any visitors are required to follow social distancing rules and only travel if essential.

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The annual Palm Sunday Service, which was scheduled to take place at Thornhill Crematorium on April 5th2020 has been cancelled.

The reception at Cardiff Register Office is now closed to the public. Births and deaths can still be registered at City Hall, by appointment only. Only one person will be permitted to register either of these events. To make an appointment call 029 2087 1680 or 029 2087 1684 or email [email protected]

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