Numbers of mourners at funerals are to be limited as part of measures to tackle the spread of Coronavirus.
As the current situation moves on the council is looking at every part of the services it provides.
The aim is to ensure they are focused on delivering the services which are most critical to residents and the community we serve.
The council is now asking families and funeral directors to limit the number of people attending funerals at cemeteries and crematorium to no more than 30 mourners.
Cabinet member for Community Services, Cllr Julie McManus, said:
“The welfare of residents is at the heart of everything we are doing.
“This is a significant step and having recently lost my own Dad I know how difficult this will be for families. However, it is crucial that that we allow for adequate social distancing for mourners, many of whom could be in groups at higher risk of infection such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
“Government guidance is clear on certain issues such as social distancing and the scientific and medical advice is underlying how we tailor Council services, paying particular attention to factors such as reducing large gatherings.”
In addition from March 23 Wirral’s park visitor centres at Birkenhead Park, Eastham Country Park and Wirral Country Park will temporarily close to the public apart from access to toilets where this is possible, to prioritise parks staff work to ensure essential park facilities maintenance, cleaning and safety inspection can continue. The parks will remain open, but a number of events/services need to halt temporarily, including:
- Park run events, as large numbers of people congregate at the start and finish of the runs
- Charity sponsored fun runs, as large numbers of people congregate at the start and finish of the runs/activities
- Football matches in parks (league matches and competition matches and use of changing rooms) for both children and adults, due to numbers of people involved.
- Crown green bowling league and competition matches (and use of bowls pavilions), to minimise risk of transfer of COVID19 to and between participants (mainly elder people).
- Park based cricket matches (and use of cricket pavilions).
- Park volunteer task days (and associated use of indoor meeting rooms in parks), to minimise risk of transfer of COVID19 to and between participants (mainly elder people).
- Forest school events and other Ranger led group events for children (and associated use of indoor meeting rooms in parks), to minimise risk of transfer of COVID19 to and between participants (young children)
- Other meetings in park visitor centres and pavilions including Birkenhead Park, Wirral Country Park, Eastham Country Park, Dibbinsdale, Central Park walled garden, park football changing rooms, park bowls pavilions and public golf course club houses.
- Ranger led and other guided walks in parks, to minimise the risk of transference of COVID19 between participants (including children and elderly people). This includes the large number of walking events currently scheduled to take place in May as part of the Wirral Walking Festival.
A general enquiries email account has been set up: COVID19enquiries@wirral.gov.uk.