FUNERALS in St Helens are restricted to have no more than 10 members of immediate family attend, as coronavirus lockdown brings restrictions.

In the interest of public health, St Helens Council have made the decision to put further restrictions in place at the borough’s crematorium and cemeteries.

Funerals and burials will still go ahead, but with a current limit of no more than ten immediate family members permitted to attend, in accordance with Government social gathering and distancing guidance.

While public access to both cemeteries is still available, residents are asked to not visit the grounds until it is safe to do so.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Andy Bowden, said: “The council is having to make some really difficult decisions in light of the rapidly-changing developments around COVID-19, and given the sensitivity linked to this particular service – this was one of the harder decisions we’ve had to make, but I hope an understandable one if we are to do what we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

"It is extremely important that we consider the health of both mourners and staff – but we will continue to work closely with funeral directors and monitor how we continue to deliver services as respectfully as possible at this difficult time.”

Cemetery offices have been closed until further notice, however the Bereavement Service team can still be contacted by calling 01744 677101 or emailing