The Bereavement Services Manager presented to the committee an overview of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was noted that the number of cremations that took place in April, May and June of this year were exceptionally high but the numbers had since returned to the five-year average figure. Some of the seconded staff had returned to the crematorium for refresher training and others were on standby.
The permitted number of attendees in the chapel continued to be capped at 30 people, with 15 guests permitted to attend the strewing of ashes and the grounds remained open. Risk assessments had been carried out for all staff, particularly those classed as clinically vulnerable. Track and trace systems were in place and a full time equivalent cleaner had been employed to ensure the necessary cleaning regime could be adhered to.
The committee thanked the Bereavement Services Manager and team for continuing to provide a respectful, professional and safe service to residents
1. That the webcasting of services continued to be offered free of charge and reviewed in March 2021.
2. That the additional cleaning regime be extended for review in March 2021
REASON FOR DECISION -
1. To continue to provide Cremation Services in a Covid-19 Secure manner.