Restrictions in place at crematorium and cemeteries

In the interest of public health, St Helens Council has taken the decision to put restrictions in place at the borough’s crematorium and cemeteries.

St Helens Borough has two cemeteries – one on Rainford Road, St Helens, which has a crematorium – with the other in Park Road South, Newton-Willows, for burials only.

Funerals and burials will still go ahead as planned, with a current limit of no more than ten immediate family members permitted to attend, in accordance to government social gathering and distancing guidelines.

While public access to both cemeteries is still available, it is asked that residents refrain from visiting the grounds until it is safe to do so.

St Helens Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, Councillor Andy Bowden, said:

“The council is having to make some really difficult decisions in light of the rapidly-changing developments around Covid-19, and given the sensitivity linked to this particular service – this was one of the harder decisions we’ve had to make, but i hope an understandable one if we are to do what we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

“It is extremely important that we consider the health of both mourners and staff – but we will continue to work closely with funeral directors and monitor how we continue to deliver services as respectfully as possible at this difficult time.”

The main office on site has been closed until further notice – however the Bereavement Service team can still be contacted by calling 01744 677101 or emailing sthelenscremetorium@sthelens.gov.uk