Statement from Alasdair G Macrae, 19.02, Wednesday March 18th, 2020
Due to the on going concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) and our commitment to protect our unique community, I have taken the following decisions regarding funerals.
There will be no funeral procession or lift, coffins will not be placed within the church/home.
Instead, we shall meet the mourners at the cemetery for the interment.
This decision was not easy to take as I am aware of the impact on our traditions and the role that a funeral has in allowing our community to show respect at a time of bereavement.
I reiterate earlier Government advice re coughing, sneezing, handshaking and social distancing.
Should you feel unwell or are showing any signs or symptoms consistent with Coronavirus, then please do not attend the funeral.
These changes are only temporary, but are necessary in order to protect one and other, including my dedicated staff, in these extraordinary times.
Alasdair G Macrae
61, Keith Street
Isle of Lewis