Birmingham Funeral Directors Flout Covid-19 Rules
Assistant Director of Regulation and Enforcement, Paul Lankester, has blasted funeral directors flouting Covid-19 restrictions. According to the official, in one funeral, three hundred mourners were in attendance, which caused ‘bedlam.’ During an online meeting with mosque leaders, the council boss criticised funeral directors for smuggling mourners, in breach of coronavirus regulations. Under the strict nationwide lockdown measures, only thirty people are allowed to attend both indoor and outdoor funerals. Moreover, according to the regulations, only fifteen people are allowed to attend memorial services. This latest flouting of restrictions comes amid the countdown to Christmas, through the course of which the spectre of a lockdown looms large.
During the virtual meeting, Paul Lankester pointed out the actions of some funeral directors. “We have had instances, where funeral directors have smuggled people into a funeral - it's just not acceptable, people are dying. While we want compliance, we also will take action now given this national lockdown, if people are doing anything to go round the compliance. I can tell you that Covid deaths registered at the register office last week were double the previous week, and that was 50 per cent more than the previous week to that. We are working our hardest to try to ensure that infections and deaths are kept to a minimum, and we need your support and help in doing that,” he said.
He added, “We've had a very serious incident in the last fortnight where we have taken action against a funeral director. I'm not going to say where, when, how, who, what faith was involved. But at that funeral there were upwards of 300 people at the cemetery and they then actually created bedlam within a local area because we just couldn't manage it, we weren't aware of it. But at that funeral there were upwards of 300 people at the cemetery and they then actually created bedlam within a local area because we just couldn't manage it, we weren't aware of it. I find it absolutely appalling that it has been allowed and I have made representations.”