Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has extended the temporary opening hours at the Ashley Road cemetery
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Council has responded to government guidance concerning the safe opening of cemeteries, and the need to maintain effective physical distancing.
This meant that the opening hours of the cemetery were reduced to allow burials to take place with dignity and respect for the families.
The current arrangement has now been reviewed following the relaxing of social distancing and new government guidance.
The cemetery will now be open to visitors
- Weekdays 3.30pm – 6pm
- Weekends 9.30am – 3pm
Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Safe Communities Committee said:
“We hope that the extended times will provide more flexibility for people to visit their loved ones who have passed away.
“We ask visitors to be courteous and patient around gravesides, ensuring that social distancing is maintained – as they would in other public spaces.
“The situation will continue to be constantly reviewed. Should local restrictions need to be introduced or Government guidance be further updated, we may need to change hours again to reflect the measures needed to keep visitors and our staff safe”.