Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Updated 14:00, 1 April

Thank you so much for your recent messages of support. We would have loved to keep our gates open for leisure activities, but first and foremost we are a working cemetery. Public safety and the safety of our staff must be our first concern. Because we are a working cemetery this means that our amazing small team are key workers and we must put in place procedures which allow us to function at what may potentially become a busy time.

We are currently open for booked burials only. We know how important a funeral service can be and we are looking for solutions to maintain or create a new way of arranging these so that everyone can have the service or celebration of life that they deserve. Please rest assured that we remain committed to caring for your loved one, your family and you during these uncertain times. For more information about what we can  offer please click here

Updated 22:00, 23 March

From this evening we’ve all been asked to stay at home to help save lives. Following the latest government advice we’ve made the difficult decision to lock our gates. We really value your support during these incredibly difficult times and look forward to opening our gates again, when it’s safe to do so. If you need to contact us please call or send an email. Love from the Arnos Vale team x

Updated 16:00, 22 March

Yesterday we closed all our buildings until further notice. Our aim is to open our gates every day, however we urgently request people to stay local, observe social distancing and to not travel. Please help us to help restrict the spread of coronavirus.

If you’d like to talk to us about any of our services, please call 0117 9719117 or email

Updated 13:00, 20 March

With Mother’s Day and good weather forecast for the weekend, we are urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and follow government guidelines on social gatherings.

Our gates and site will be open as usual, however the Spielman Centre hall, Anglican Chapel, shop and crypt will be closed at the end of today. At present the Cleverchefs cafe remains open, also the Spielman toilets. Our Books of Remembrance in the West Lodge will be available to see until Sunday at 4pm.

All of our events until the end of May have been postponed or cancelled.

The Friends Forum planned for Sunday 29th March has been cancelled. If you had planned to ask a question please email the Friends at

We are still a working cemetery: click here if you would like to know more about our Cemetery Services

Updated 10:00, 17 March

The latest Government guidelines are as follows:

There are a number of social distancing measures to reduce the risk of infection from the spread of coronavirus. For those who remain well, are under 70 or do not have an underlying health condition, they are advised to limit their social contact where possible, including using less public transport, working at home and considering not going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and bars.

Government has taken the further measure of asking whole households to isolate because it is likely that people living with others will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, they are strongly advised against these activities and to significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.

At present the Cleverchefs cafe on site remains open. Tours will be postponed until further notice.

Updated: 15:00, 16 March

We recognise that we are in the ‘delay’ phase, which may require us to respond to specific recommendations from the Government. We are monitoring this eventuality closely and will make changes to our operations as and when required.

Updated: 13:00, 11 March 2020

We know that there is lots of discussion and concern about the potential effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We will be following Government guidelines and aiming to maintain normal business for as long as possible. We have asked our staff, volunteers and visitors to regularly wash their hands and to call the NHS number 111 or refer to the NHS website for advice if they feel unwell. We are ensuring that there is soap at every sink on site and encouraging people to wash their hands with soap and water. At present there are no government ordered bans on live events, public meetings or any other gatherings.

Keeping you updated

We’ll be keeping our social media channels and website updated as and when guidance and information changes.

Latest government information on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website.

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