Covid-19: Limit on mourners in England lifted from 17 May

MORE than 30 people will be able to mourn their loved ones at funerals in England from 17 May, under plans announced by the government.

As part of the next step of easing lockdown restrictions, ministers are set to remove the 30-person legal limit a month earlier than planned.

This means any number of mourners will be able to gather as long as the venue can comply with social distancing.

England’s next lockdown easing, stage three, is due no earlier than 17 May.

During the pandemic, many have been forced to watch funerals from home over live-streams, making grieving harder. And those able to attend have had to do without handshakes and hugs.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said people have made “huge sacrifices” – nowhere more apparent than in the “deeply painful” restrictions on funerals.

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