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Up to 50 can attend Funerals and Tangihanga
May 13, 2020
The Health Minister David Clark has confirmed funerals and tangihanga will be allowed under alert level 2, with the number of people at the event now capped at 50.

The Health Minister David Clark has confirmed funerals and tangihanga will be allowed under alert level 2, with the number of people at the event now capped at 50.

From Thursday, funeral directors can apply for an exemption to allow up to 50 people at services, as long as the Ministry of Health is satisfied public health and safety measures can be met. This includes physical distancing, hand hygiene, and no food and drink congregations after. If these measures can't be met, only 10 people can attend.

Dr David Clark says this change means more families are able to grieve together.

"I hope that will provide some solace to people as they farewell their loved ones," he said on Wednesday during a press conference.

He says funerals have been one of the most difficult areas of restriction the Government has considered, and he's pleased there's now a workable solution.

 
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