By Harriet Line Chief Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:00 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 00:25 BST, 3 May 2021
The 30-person cap on mourners attending funerals will be lifted in a fortnight, following a campaign by the Daily Mail.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In what was described as a ‘huge victory for common sense’, families will no longer be forced to arbitrarily cut the number of people who can say their final farewell to a loved one.
The number of mourners allowed to attend a funeral from May 17 will be determined by how many can be safely accommodated with social distancing. It means an estimated 50,000 grieving families will not be forced to limit the numbers to 30.
Families may also be able to hug at funerals from May 17, subject to a review on social distancing.
The current 30-person limit of mourners at funerals will be lifted, thanks to a campaign by the Daily Mail
Campaigners said the Government had done ‘exactly the right thing’ by amending the roadmap to allow the relaxation on numbers to go ahead five weeks earlier than planned.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said last night the relaxation of the rules would alleviate an ‘additional source of worry’ for families at ‘one of the hardest moments in life’.
He added: ‘The Mail has rightly highlighted the profound sadness many of those who have been bereaved and their families have felt at not being able to gather together in larger numbers for funerals, and to hold the funeral they always imagined doing so for those they love.
‘This has been one of many difficult and at times painful steps taken to combat Covid-19. I’m pleased that with the success of the vaccine rollout and the efforts of many people across the country, we are now able to remove the limit of 30 mourners.
‘This means venues such as funeral homes and places of worship will be able to allow as many people as their capacity safely permits to attend.