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Covid-19 Guidance

We are the lead organisation working with Public Health England to represent the interests of the Muslim community with regards to burials due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Please download our latest guidance documents below. 

 

Latest Covid-19 documents

Guidance for funeral and burial providers

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What to do when someone dies from Covid-19

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 Ghusl Guidelines for practioners

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Covid-19
Green Book

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Demonstration for donning PPE for ghusl

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Demonstration of ghusl - by Sheikh Abu Easa Niamatullah

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Guidance for funerals etc with the easing of lockdown restrictions March - June 2021

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Useful references

Government financial support for funerals

The government can provide (i) a £2500 lump sum payment plus an ongoing amount of £100 per month for 18 months or (ii) 60% reimbursement for the cost of the funeral, for those who are on certain benefits and have to arrange for the funeral of someone close to them. The application process is simple and money can be transferred within 48 hours. It is applicable for all funerals in the last 6 months. Eligibility criteria apply - please click here or call the Bereavement Support Line who can do the application for you on the phone 08007310139 or 08001214433

Latest Government guidance on arranging or attending a funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic (17/06/2021)

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Latest NBC Funeral Directors Advice on managing a funeral during Step 3 of lockdown easing (15/05/2021)

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Latest Government Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic (13/05/2021)

The key changes are the following for funerals from 17 May:

  1. For Janazah Namaaz In Masjid/Community Centre or Other venue: Increase in potential capacity to 30 however, the maximum number of attendees will be determined by how many people the venue can safely accommodate alongside staff. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue and 2 metre social distancing between individuals must be adopted not 1m/musalla. You can now hold the janazaah namaaz at any time and not necessarily immediately after the main jamaat as previously. 

  2. Cemetery: Increase in potential capacity to 30, however the maximum number of attendees at the cemetery will be determined by how many people the venue can safely accommodate. Please check with your local cemetery to determine the safe number to avoid any issues. 

  3. Wake (Taziyat):

  • ​​​Covid Secure indoor Venues: Commemorative events of up to 30 people can take place where the venue manager or event organiser has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission. 

  • Outdoors including in a private garden: you can also have a commemorative event outdoors with up to 30 people. 

  • In a private home: up to 6 people or more can attend if everyone present is from 2 households, in line with wider indoor social contact limits. Each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible.

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National Medical Examiner's Report 2020 (published 29/04/2021)

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Latest government guidance on vaccines for funeral sector staff (10/02/2021)

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Latest National Medical Examiner's Bulletin: Good Practice Series No 2  (21/04/2021)

How Medical Examiners can facilitate the urgent release of a body - please click here

What does the easing of lockdown restrictions mean for funerals? (24/02/2021)

For clear guidance on what the easing of lockdown restrictions means for funerals and wakes from March - June 2021 please click here 

Data request for all Muslim UK funeral directors and funeral providers

Please can you click here to complete a short form with details for each Muslim Covid-19 related death you have provided a funeral for, ideally from March 2020. The form is generic and the information is not sensitive and therefore there are no Data Protection issues. The information will be collated centrally by the NBC Statistic Admin who will update the regional leads. 

Guidance on whether funeral providers and frontline funeral operaters are a priority group for Covid-19 vaccinations (14/01/2021)

All in the frontline for providing funeral services are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine according to Chapter 14, Page 8 (Priority Group 2- Funeral Directors) and Page 11 (Laboratory and pathology staff - front line funeral operatives and mortuary staff) of the UK Government's published Green Book. Please click here for more information. If you work in this capacity, please contact your GP or local vaccination hub. 

Updated Government guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic (13/01/2021)

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Who can attend a funeral?


Funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors. This number does not include anyone working at the event.

Janazaah Namaaz In The Masjid 


Limits for funeral ceremonies held in Masjid as part of communal worship that follows COVID-19 secure guidelines will be defined by the capacity of the place of worship. Guidance on places of worship is available.

People who are required to self-isolate


If you are legally required to self-isolate, you may only break self-isolation if attending the funeral of a close family member (for example, a partner, parent, sibling or grandparent).
They must advise the funeral venue manager and other mourners in advance that they are in their self-isolation period.
 
It is a legal requirement for a venue manager (Funeral Director) to complete a risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Other mourners need to be aware of this prior to attending. 

Participant for Ghusal

If you are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable you are strongly advised to avoid contact with the body of the deceased, even if you can wear PPE. This includes washing, preparing or dressing the body.

Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 (14/12/2020)

Those handling the deceased should be aware that there is likely to be a continuing risk of infection from body fluids and tissues in cases where coronavirus infection has been identified or is suspected.


For those for whom care of the deceased is part of their faith, rituals such as viewing, keeping watch and hygienic preparations such as washing are an important part of the mourning process. We strongly advise that any rituals or practices that bring people into close contact with the deceased with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be undertaken using appropriate PPE under supervision of somebody trained in its use.

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Updated guidance for managing a funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic (10/12/2020)

Updated: Numbers permitted for funerals etc in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (28/10/2020)

Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government Update for faith activities within tiers (23/10/2020)

 Latest National Medical Examiner's Update (October 2020) 

The Ritual Washing and Preparation of a Covid-19 Victim By Sheikh Abu Eesa

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Government daily statistics dashboard

Government guidelines on places of worship with respect to the local tiering system (15/10/2020)

On 12 October the government introduced a system of local COVID alert levels for England. 

In general, the additional restrictions do not have significant implications for Places of Worship. Where they do, they have been included below; 

In areas subject to Covid-19 Tier 1 restrictions (medium), when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.   

In areas subject to Covid-19 Tier 2 restrictions (high), you must not mix outside of your household or support bubble indoors, including within a place of worship.

In areas subject to Covid-19 Tier 3 restrictions (very high),  you must not mix outside of your household or support bubble indoors, including within a place of worship, or outdoors.


Please visit the local COVID alert levels page to find out what level your area is in and the additional restrictions that apply.

VAT on PPE

From the 1st November the temporary zero-rate VAT on PPE will be lifted. You can find out more here

Latest Face Covering Guidance (07/08/2020)

The Face Coverings guidance has now been redrafted to include 'funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)' as locations where a face covering would be required. 

- Pallbearers will not be required to wear face coverings during services as they are covered by exemptions for  'employees of indoor settings'. However, employers can consider their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place inline with Covid19 infection control guidelines. 

- If a person is in emotional distress during a service the intention of the guidance is that they are encompassed within reasonable excuses to remove a face covering. It would be expected that they wear a covering into the service but can remove their face covering if in distress. 

The face coverings government guidance can be found here and regulations on face coverings found here

Government guidance for managing a funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic (UPDATED 05/08/2020)

Government report on disparities in Covid-19 risks and outcomes (02/06/2020)

'The way Covid deaths are being reported are a national scandal' - The Spectator (30/05/2020)

Government guidance for care of the deceased with suspected/confirmed Covid-19 (12/05/2020)

Government guidance for verification of death during Covid-19 (05/05/2020)

General government guidance on what to do when someone dies

Public Health England ruling on Covid-19 and transmission for deceased persons (31/03/2020)

General Register Office - Modification to registration process for Covid-19 (27/03/2020)

Chief Coroner's Office Guidance for Covid-19 (26/03/2020)

Transmission-based precautions and guidance for care of deceased during Covid-19 (19/03/2020)

World Health Organisation guidance on how to wear PPE

World Health Organisation guidance on how to remove PPE