THE UK is on lockdown and all services apart from funerals are banned for the foreseeable future while COVID-19 persists - but what rules do we have to follow at funerals at present?

Last night, prime minister Boris Johnson introduced lockdown measures which stop all social events, including weddings and baptisms, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but funerals can go ahead.

Jon Levett, chief executive of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), said it is "absolutely vital" that the sector abides by objectives set out in the Government's guidance.

He advised directors not to create "an unnecessary risk" of transmission among the bereaved.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Levett said: "We have reached out to the Government to clarify a number of questions, including the maximum number of people that can attend a funeral - but our initial advice to funeral directors and the public is to arrange funerals over the phone wherever possible, restrict attendees to immediate close family only and respect social distancing guidelines.

"We understand that this advice may be very difficult for families, and funeral directors will do everything they can to help families say goodbye - using web streaming where possible to include other family members and perhaps planning a celebration of the person's life in the months to come - but it is vitally important we respect Government guidance for social distancing, to help stop the spread of Covid-19."

It comes after a Labour MP called for funerals to be filmed after restrictions were imposed.

Chris Bryant, a former Church of England vicar, said being able to film ceremonies would allow the deceased's loved ones "to feel that they are somehow engaged" despite not being at the funeral in person.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said facilities for filming services are "increasingly available".

Last week, the Church of England recommended limiting the numbers of those attending funerals to immediate family members.

Meanwhile, the archbishops and bishops of the Church of England said they would give updated advice as soon as possible after it was announced weddings and baptisms would be cancelled.

In a joint statement, they said: "In the light of the Government's measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.

"We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible.

"Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated."