Letter to Prime minister sent on 3 May
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to you with regards the number of people at funerals. It is currently capped at 30, regardless of the size of the church.
Your Government has said that from 17th May 2021 there will be no cap on numbers, so long that social distance rules are adhered to.
Sadly, my sister and I lost our father suddenly on the 16th of April and his funeral is in a very large church – St. Wilfrid's C of E Church Standish. I have no doubt there will be others in incredibly sad situations similar to ours.
Given that your Government has said that it will be acceptable to adjust and to open up numbers on the 17th May I urge you to bring the lifting of the restrictions in now, so family’s up and down the country can send off our loved ones in a better way.
If the Government had not announced the lifting of these restrictions, then I may not be sending this letter, but given that you have announced this lifting, I plea and beg you to lift the restrictions now and allow families and friends to say their goodbyes to their loved ones as waiting makes no sense if your Government has decided to relax rules in a few days.
Please review this decision on funerals and I hope you can agree and lift them immediately. We would love to send our father off in a better way, as many others up and down the land would too.