Updates about changes to cemeteries and funerals in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In line with government guidance, no more than 30 people are permitted to attend a burial and that all bookings are provisional, subject to our satisfaction that this rule will be adhered to. If we have reasonable grounds to believe that more than 30 people will be in attendance, we will consider rejecting a booking.

In light of the easing of and lockdown and the latest government guidance on social distancing and social gatherings, the chapel at Welwyn Hatfield Lawn Cemetery will reopen for bookings from Monday 6 July.

Two metre social distancing guidelines will be in place, with a maximum of 20 guests permitted to attend. There is also allowance for someone to officiate the service and someone to manage the music system.

The following measures will be in place:

  • Face coverings are to be worn whilst inside the chapel and are to remain on during the service.
  • Doors to remain open throughout the ceremony. This will assist in ventilating the room and negates the need for numerous people to touch door handles.
  • A seating pattern which allows for social distancing will be clearly marked.
  • A hand sanitising station will be set up and signage instructing attendees to use the sanitiser before entering the chapel, will be in place.
  • Service books will be removed from the chapel.
  • A strict cleaning regime will be carried out after each service, to ensure that all surfaces are sanitised.
  • The toilets will be open but once the service has ended, they will be cleaned and remain closed to general visitors to the cemetery.


Hertfordshire County Council have provided more advice about funerals during this time, as well as some bereavement guides for those who have lost loved ones during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.


Updated: 28 September 2020