‘Immediate family members’ can attend funerals to a maximum of 10 people, says government

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Family members can still attend funerals, the government said today, as long as “social distancing rules are respected”.

While the HSE had previously issued guidance on funeral services during the Covid-19 crisis, concerns have been expressed by many at the prospect of saying goodbye to a family member without a proper funeral.

At a press briefing this morning, Elizabeth Canavan from the Department of the Taoiseach said that further guidance from the HSE is “now being developed”.

Canavan said that “immediate family members can still attend funeral services burials and cremation provided the social distancing rules are respected. This relates to all funerals, including those arising out of Covid-19 deaths”.

Canavan said that the numbers in a church or at a graveside should not exceed 10.

-Noah Harte