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New opening times for council cemeteries

Posted on Saturday 27th June 2020

From Monday 29 June, pedestrian gates will be open at Newport City Council's cemeteries will open during the week for people on foot who wish to visit graves.

However, there are still strict guidelines in place for the number of mourners who can attend graveside funerals and the pedestrian gates will be closed temporarily while funerals are taking place to ensure everyone's safety. Ten mourners are currently allowed to attend graveside funerals http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Care-Support/Cemeteries.aspx

Cemeteries were closed at the start of the pandemic, except for funerals, to ensure the safety of the public and staff.

The council continually reviews decisions about services in the light of the latest circumstances in Newport and in line with government guidelines.

In April, it was decided to reopen the cemeteries on weekends only and it has now been agreed to open the pedestrian gates on weekdays as we move through the recovery period.

During the week, the number of funerals and on-site work involving machinery makes it necessary to prohibit vehicles at the moment. Vehicles will be allowed into the cemeteries on weekends.

Access to the cemeteries is strictly for mourners and those attending graves, not for general exercise or dog walking. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times.

Pedestrian gates at St Woolos, Christchurch and Caerleon cemeteries will be open from 6.30am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday.

Pedestrian and vehicle access gates will be open from 6.30am to 4.45pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

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