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Arrangements following the reopening of Graveyards and Cemeteries


The NI Executive announced on 24 April 2020 the amendment of the Public Health Regulations to permit the opening of burial grounds on a "restricted basis.”


FOR PARISHES IN THE GREATER BELFAST AREA: STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF MILLTOWN CEMETERY: Following the decision of the NI Executive to permit the reopening of cemeteries, Milltown Cemetery will reopen with a limited timetable for the foreseeable future.

This is based on the need for burials to continue while adhering to the restriction of ten people at a burial. The Cemetery will open on Sunday 26 April and following Sundays from 10am until 4pm.

Thereafter, from Monday to Saturday, it will open from 2pm until 5pm. Access will be mostly restricted to pedestrians only for the time being with the exception of a limited number of cars, for those who cannot walk long distances. The Cemetery Office will remain closed. Staff will be working remotely to arrange burials. For anyone visiting the Cemetery please continue to follow the requirement of social distancing. These restrictions will be reviewed in due course.



FOR ALL PARISHES WITH CHURCH GRAVEYARDS AND CEMETERIES:


For the well being of all involved with funerals, there should be no public access at the time of a funeral - access should be restricted to the funeral party only.


It may be necessary to restrict access at other times, such as during essential maintenance work, or for other reasons, including arrangements put in place by local councils.


The Executive has indicated that the decision will be kept under review and should we receive any further advice or guidance we will share this with you.



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