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
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
National Medical Examiner's Report 2020 (published 29/04/2021)
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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
Latest government guidance on vaccines for funeral sector staff (10/02/2021)
For the latest guidance issued by the Cabinet Office and CCS Control 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)
For full guidance please click here
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.
For more information, click here.
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.