Cemeteries closed in Tamworth in line with coronavirus rules

Wigginton-cemeteryCemeteries around Tamworth have been closed in line with a Government mandate to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

Until further notice, the town’s five borough council-operated cemeteries (Amington, Glascote, Wigginton, Wilnecote New and Wilnecote Old) can only be accessed for funerals or burials.

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “We know this will be deeply upsetting for some people, particularly those who have loved ones buried at the cemeteries. But the Government regulations are clear and the new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 state that cemeteries must be closed to members of the public during the current emergency, except for funerals and burials.

“There are now also restrictions on the numbers of people who can attend burials, which must be limited to the person’s household or immediate family only – and all observing social distancing.

“This all serves to show how cruel and ruthless coronavirus is as a disease, and how ruthless we have to be in our fight against it. The tougher we are now, hopefully the sooner we can get it under control.

“We know this is distressing, but we hope people continue to do their bit and make their sacrifices in this combined effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“For anyone who has been using the cemeteries for walking or exercise, we are lucky enough to have a number of large parks and open spaces around the town which people can use for their one daily outing for exercise – as long as they are following Government guidance on access to green spaces. This means only visiting parks near you, only going with members of your own household, observing social distancing and not gathering in groups of more than two people.”