Residents advised of Crematorium changes
Residents are being advised that Gornal and Stourbridge crematoriums will be closed to visitors from Tuesday (April 14) due to coronavirus restrictions.
The decision has been taken by council bosses in line with government advice and will mean that only mourners attending service can enter the two sites.
Funerals are being limited to a maximum of 10 people from Tuesday and the closures will also mean that people cannot visit Gornal and Stourbridge cemeteries, due to them being adjoined to the crematorium.
Dudley, Dudley New, Lye and Wollescote, Cradley, Halesowen and Brierley Hill cemeteries remain open to the public.
Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:
Following national government advice, we have taken the decision to close our crematoriums to all visitors, apart from mourners attending service.
Funerals have sadly been identified as high risk for spreading the virus and services in Dudley borough will be limited to 10 people from Tuesday. This is a restriction that is in line with government advice and will be similarly adopted by many of our neighbouring authorities.
While the rest of our cemeteries will remain open to the public, regrettably Stourbridge and Gornal cemeteries will be closed from Tuesday. We appreciate that this is a really difficult and upsetting time for those who would usually visit our crematorium sites to remember loved ones and our hearts go out to all who are affected.
I would like to remind residents to maintain social distancing by remaining at least 2 metres away from others. It is our civic duty to stay home and only travel when it is absolutely essential in order to save lives and protect our NHS.
People can find all the latest advice and information on Dudley Council’s coronavirus page at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus