CEMETERY LOCKDOWN: Coronavirus pandemic means families are banned from visiting graves of loved ones

FAMILY members have been banned from visiting the graves of loved ones at Council-owned cemeteries in Mid & East Antrim because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The gates at Ballee Cemetery had been open on Sunday.


A Council spokesperson said on Monday afternoon: “It is with deep regret that we must comply with emergency legislation and close our cemeteries to members of the public, unless a burial is taking place.


The gates at Ballee Cemetery are now closed.


“The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 does not permit the tending to or visiting of graves or memorials, until further notice.


“We understand this will be a very distressing time for a lot of people who have lost loved ones but we must comply to ensure everybody’s safety.

“All Council cemeteries in Mid and East Antrim will close to the public with immediate effect.”

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