Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Cremations and burials

Mourner numbers at Perth Crematorium

With Scotland no longer under the COVID-19 levels system, the cap on mourner numbers at the Crematorium was removed from Monday 9 August. It will therefore be for mourners and attendees to make their own decisions where specific guidance is not provided.

While the legal requirement for physical distancing has been removed, it is still advised to keep a safe distance from other households. 

Face coverings must continue to be worn inside the crematorium, including during the services and singing, unless specific exemptions apply.

All entrances to the crematorium are now fully open. Hand sanitising units are available at all entrances for mourners and visitors.

Test and Protect arrangements continue to be in place. We have increased the number of QR codes in and around the Crematorium entrances for attendees to use or alternatively they may give their details at the desk which will be located at the car park main entrance. Both car parks are available to use.

The family room is now available, and we would ask families arriving to check in using the QR codes placed at the family entrance.

Cleaning of the chapel, public spaces and family room will remain in place. It is therefore important that families, funeral directors, and celebrants adhere to the designated service times, so we have time to prepare the chapel for the next service service.

We strongly advise against the shaking of hands at this time and encourage mourners to spend the minimum time in the exit hall.

Families are also asked to leave the building without delay at the end of the funeral service as any delay will impact on the following services.

Hymn books and collection boxes will not be provided for use at this time; this will be reviewed when further information is available.

Mourner numbers in cemeteries

As of Monday 9 August, the cap on mourner numbers at burials has been removed. Physical distancing of at least 1 metre must still be applied in cemeteries when working with Council employees, and face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt. Our staff will not be carrying out lowering of coffins or using cords when families are assisting funeral directors during the funeral service.

Book of Remembrance

We have moved the Book of Remembrance into the family room. The book can now be viewed through the window, as displayed every weekend and public holiday. We have also withdrawn the use of the family room to ensure compliance with the current social distancing guidance.

Please attend on the appropriate day to view the Book of Remembrance as we will be unavailable to turn the pages as we normally do.

We offer our sincere apologies for the temporary removal of this service and would request your patience and understanding during the current situation.