Coronavirus: Changes to restrictions

Only meet indoors with people you live with or your support bubble. Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. Work from home if you can. If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

We recognise the significance and importance of ensuring that the end of life and funeral process is just as important and special as it would be in other times and we are making every effort to respect peoples wishes and beliefs.

We have been working with partners and communities to develop a process that considers the wishes of individuals, families and loved ones whilst carefully balancing these against the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the care at the final stages of a person’s life, including the funeral process.


National restrictions are in place across England and these difficult decisions come as part of government response to coronavirus.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people.

Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance from 12 April.

Anyone working is not counted in the 15 or 30.

Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Services at Hollinwood Crematorium Chapel

Mourners who can attend a service in Hollinwood Crematorium Chapel with a safe distance of two metres, will be a maximum of 30 people.

To allow for social distancing 22 people can go into the main chapel and a further 8 people can watch the service on screens in the foyer area of the crematorium.

Chapel services prior to burial and extended Chapel services have currently been suspended.

Service books remain 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.

Order of service and flowers can be brought to the chapel but must be taken away at the end of the service.

Musicians must be asked to play instruments outside and not in the Chapel.

Singing is currently prohibited in line with Government recommendations.

The one-way system of entry and exit to the Chapel will continue.

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

Hand sanitiser is available to all mourners in the Chapel.

Mourners attending a funeral service in the Chapel must wear a face covering as an additional precaution.

We will continue to provide the option to watch the funeral service live, via a web cast link, at no cost, please ask your Funeral Director for further details.

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


Outside funeral prayers and grave side services will be limited to a maximum of 30 people in line with Government guidance.

Burial and scattering of cremated remains can now be resumed with only six attendees. 

Mourners are also being encouraged to wait in their cars or outside the chapel ahead of services, as the waiting area remains closed at this time.


If you would like to find out more about headstones or memorials in Oldham’s crematorium and cemeteries, please contact the cemetery office on:

Please remember the office is currently closed to visitors, but we will do all we can to assist you, online or by phone.