Family-only funerals introduced in Argyll and Bute

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Funerals in Argyll and Bute should only be attended by close family members during the current coronavirus outbreak, the council has said.

Attendances will be limited to up to eight family members being allowed in to say farewell to a loved one while the pandemic is ongoing.

But Argyll and Bute joins a number of councils who are imposing restrictions on who should attend a funeral during the COVID-19 crisis.

A brief statement by a council spokesperson said: ‘Attendance should be limited to close family members only.’

Neighbouring West Dunbartonshire Council has announced that only five people will be allowed to attend a funeral during the pandemic.

Funeral directors and ministers in the area have been told to advise grieving families that they will have to choose who is allowed to attend.

Glasgow City Council has also recommended that hymn books are removed from chapels to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Argyll and Bute Council has also suspended new wedding bookings until at least June, while birth registrations have been postponed until normal service is resumed.