Walton Lea Crematorium is now closed to visitors, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The council took the decision for the site to be temporarily closed, except for funerals, following recent legislative changes, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Until further notice, only persons attending a funeral will be allowed to enter the crematorium grounds.
This directive does not affect Warrington’s municipal cemeteries which will remain open to visitors, pending further government guidance.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that where a crematorium is located within a cemetery, that cemetery must be closed to the public under new emergency legislation as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
All those who attend these facilities are expected to observe social distancing of at least two metres away from other people who are from a different household.
Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, Cllr Judith Guthrie, said: “During this pandemic, it’s vital we do everything we can to keep people safe. It is unfortunate that we need to restrict access to the Crematorium during these times, however it is important that we abide by and follow Government legislation.
“As a service, we recognise the impact the decision will have on family members who will be denied the ability to visit the graves of their loved ones during this time. We want to assure you that the decision will be reviewed in light of future legislation.
“Our bereavement services team is also assuring everyone that a sympathetic, professional and caring approach will continue to be followed at all times, especially during this distressing period in all of our lives.”
For the latest information on coronavirus in Warrington, please visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus