Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

There is no change arising from the lockdown and so the service will continue to operate as it did under the Tier 4 restrictions.   

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and commemorative events such as stone settings and scattering of ashes can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.  Anyone working is not counted in these limits.  Social distancing must be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.  

Our Chapels remain open for use, although we have had to restrict numbers (see below) to facilitate social distancing.

We own and manage four cemeteries in the district:

You can use the links to find the address, opening times, and information for each cemetery.

You can contact the Cemeteries team if you have any questions about our cemeteries or services.

Using our cemeteries during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, we have adapted the use of the chapels at:

  • Braintree cemetery
  • Bocking cemetery
  • Witham cemetery

We do not have a chapel at Halstead cemetery.

Limiting number of mourners

To meet the government guidance of keeping 2 metres apart, we have restricted the number of mourners in the chapel at any one time.

As well as the number of mourners, one minister and one conductor can also attend the service:

  • Braintree Chapel; 8 mourners (sitting in pairs)
  • Bocking Chapel; 10 Mourners (sitting in pairs)
  •  Witham Chapel; 12 Mourners (sitting in pairs)

Additional cleaning in the chapels

We have introduced extra cleaning measures in the chapels, before and after services are due to take place.

We provide hand sanitiser available on the way in and out of the chapel for everyone to use. Handwashing facilities are also available in the onsite toilets

Face Coverings

All mourners attending a service in the chapels must wear an appropriate face covering whilst in the chapel.

We keep a small amount of disposable coverings in the chapel but we ask that mourners bring their own.


Cemetery Services

Address: Unit 4
Lakes Industrial Park
Lower Chapel Hill

Telephone: 01376 557772