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1. Guidance for Local Authorities and Local Resilience Forums
This guidance, on Schedule 28 powers in relation to transportation, storage and disposal of the deceased is for local authorities in England.
For information relating to funerals, burial grounds and cemeteries, see the ‘Non-residential Institutions, Places of Worship’ section.
This guidance is for local authorities or other cemetery operators to follow during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It covers avoiding groundwater pollution when proposing to:
- develop new cemeteries
- expand existing cemeteries
2. Guidance for the care of the deceased
This is a comprehensive list of guidance that has been developed to assist people who are required to manage the bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance should be read in conjunction with HSE’s Managing infection risks when handling the deceased guidance below (4.1).
This guidance provides general information on coronavirus (COVID-19) management for those working in any setting.
This guidance provides information on what to do at the time of death for those in palliative care. This can be found under the ‘At the Time of Death’ section.
3. Guidance for close contact with the disease
This guidance is for first responders and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19. Paragraph 11, relates to handling the deceased.
4. Guidance for infection and disease management
This guidance is applicable to those handling the deceased in mortuaries, post-mortem rooms, funeral premises, and during exhumations. This is not COVID-19 specific, but provides detail on standard infection control and transmission-based precautions that should be followed.
This guidance should be read in conjunction with PHE’s Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) above (2.1), which is specific to COVID-19.
This guidance provides information on notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDs) and reportable causative organisms including the legal duties of laboratories and medical practitioners. This is not specific to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This provides guidance on decontamination processes for infectious agents or other contaminants. This is not specific to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This factsheet provides information for employers (including the self-employed and franchises) on complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) to control exposure and protect workers health. This is not specific to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance provides information on the laundering process for contaminated linens (including clothing) to avoid cross infection. This is not specific to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance sets out recommendations for the use of PPE.
Sections which may be relevant are:
- when to wear a face covering
- when you do not need to wear a face covering
- face coverings at work
Sections which may be relevant are:
- private cars and other vehicles
- taxis and private hire vehicles
5. Guidance for verifying and registering a death
This guidance provides information for doctors; covering issues doctors often ask about, and clarifying best practice under current legislation, including the Coronavirus Act 2020.
This guidance provides information for medical practitioners (including doctors and coroners) on; medical certificates of cause of death, death registration, and burial and cremation, including the removal of form Cremation 5, introduced by the Coronavirus Act 2020.
This guidance for medical practitioners on notifying deaths to the coroner is an amended version of previous guidance to reflect the temporary changes made by the Coronavirus Act 2020.
6. Guidance for managing a funeral
This guidance is designed to assist people who are involved in managing or organising a funeral related to a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
7. Guidance on cremation forms
This provides the relevant forms and COVID-19 revised guidance for applying for a cremation, including certificates and authorisation forms for doctors, funeral directors and crematorium managers.
8. Guidance for coroners and the coronial sector in England and Wales
This provides guidance for Coroners and the coronial sector on various matters relating to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. Relevant guidance:
- Guidance No. 34: Chief Coroner’s Guidance for coroners on Covid-19
- Guidance No. 35: Hearings during a pandemic
- Guidance No, 36: Summary of the Coronavirus Act 2020, provisions relevant to coroners
- Guidance No. 37: COVID-19 Deaths and possible exposure in the workplace
9. Devolved Administrations
9.5 For further information relevant to Scotland, the Scottish Government communicates specific updates and requirements to the sector on its funeral industry blog.
Statutory guidance for local authorities on Schedule 28 and the powers in relation to transportation, storage and disposal of the deceased.
10. Other related information
You might find the additional links below helpful, in supporting the bereaved.
10.3. Tell us once: a free government service that lets individuals report a death to most government organisations in one go
This provides information on Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment) for eligible individuals.
11. Legislation - Coronavirus Act 2020
11.1. Coronavirus Act 2020
12. Question not answered?
If you are involved in the death management sector and having consulted the relevant guidance you still have further questions you can write to email@example.com and your enquiry will be directed to the relevant Government department.