Funeral Director Fined For Failure To Advise Clients Of Covid Regulations

A number of people in the UK are still disregarding rules despite the surge in daily fatalities and warnings about the impact of the virus.

Two men fined £10,000 for organising funerals attended by nearly 150 people during lockdown
Nearly 150 people attend funeral/Picture credit: ES

A number of people in the UK are still disregarding rules despite the surge in daily fatalities and warnings about the impact of the virus.

On Friday, Bradshire Police fined two men for organising a funeral which was attended by more than 150 people. The two were fined £10,000 each after breaching the current rules allowing a maximum of 30 mourners at funerals.

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Despite the police`s attempt to engage with the family ahead of the event, the family proceeded with the arrangement disregarding the Covid regulations.

Among the two fined was the funeral director from Mansfield who was accused of failing to manage the “event correctly or advising their clients of the rules”.

Superintendent Nick Caveney from the Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “This is a very difficult time for everyone, and whilst we completely understand that people would like to mourn their loved ones, we have to remember that the current circumstances are out of the ordinary and that we must adhere to the rules to keep each other safe.

“This was a clear and blatant breach of the current restrictions, which are necessary in order to protect the NHS and help save lives.

“We implore all business owners to ensure that they are following the restrictions safely and responsibly. Flagrant breaches of the restrictions such as this will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire.”

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Fines and enforcement re a “last resort” for officers, but that they will take “firm action against those who brazenly decide to go against the guidelines outlined by the government and put a large number of people at risk,” he added.

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