Coronavirus update and advice

What you need to do: Stay at home. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (only if you cannot work from home). Stay 2 metres away from other people. Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

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Funeral services restrictions

In line with government guidance on social distancing we will be restricting the number of mourners at services in Hollinwood Crematorium Chapel to a maximum of 10 people with immediate effect.

This difficult decision comes as part of government response to coronavirus.

We are working closely with funeral directors, ministers and clergy and we will ensure that these changes are dealt with in the most respectful way.

Services prior to interment and extended services will also be suspended during this period and we also ask that families observe the national social distancing guidelines (two metres) at all burials. 

Mourners are asked when they enter the chapel to sit at a safe distance from others.

In-between services at the Chapel, additional cleaning processes are in place to ensure all public areas are disinfected.

Service books have also been removed from the chapel to prevent any cross contamination and hand shaking is also being discouraged with ministers, celebrants and funeral directors until further notice.

Hand sanitiser is available to all mourners, at the entrance to the chapel.

No one is being permitted in the operational areas of the crematorium or beyond the reception at the office.

Burial and scattering of cremated remains has now been suspended, and it is discourage from families gathering to carry out private scatterings.

Similarly people attending burials will be requested to maintain social distancing of two metres and limit the numbers attending.

Mourners are also being encouraged to wait in their cars or outside the chapel ahead of services, rather than congregating in the waiting room to reduce the risk of infection.

The staff at the crematorium and cemeteries will be focused on arranging funerals and supporting funeral directors throughout this pandemic. 

Registering a death

Some changes to the way deaths are registered have been made because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will now be possible to register the death by telephone. Please phone us on 0161 770 8960 for advice.

If you need to register a death of someone who has had a coronavirus, and you have had close contact with them, please follow the advice to self-isolate and do not attend the Register Office.

Please phone us on 0161 770 8960 for advice in these circumstances.

Attending the Register Office

The Register Office is currently closed unless you have made an arrangement with the service.

If you know you have been in contact with someone who has shown symptoms of coronavirus, please do not attend the Register Office under any circumstances, but phone us for advice on 0161 770 8960. 

Our customers are often vulnerable people who could be highly susceptible, including newborn babies and elderly relatives.


Sadly, with immediate effect, all weddings, baptisms and social events have been cancelled owing to the coronavirus.

Any couples who would like to cancel or postpone their wedding arrangements will not incur any further charges from the registrars service to rearrange at a later date.

All fees paid to the registration service will be refunded in full.

Copy certificates

We are continuing to offer a copy certificate application service.

We are not taking applications in person at the Register Office, but you can apply for the certificate online, over the phone or by post.