Statutory guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): local death management

Statutory guidance for local authorities in England on Schedule 28 to the Coronavirus Act, which provides powers to support local and national death management.

Applies to England



Schedule 28 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 introduced new powers for local authorities and government to support the resilience of local death management systems, and step in if they become overwhelmed.

This guidance sets out how and when the powers should be used by local authorities.

Published 17 April 2020
Last updated 24 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Guidance has been updated to reflect changes following the Coronavirus Act 2020 6 month review in April 2021.

  2. Added templates for local authorities.

  3. First published.