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DMAG urge funeral sector to check resilience measures in place

A statement issued by DMAG (Deceased Management Advisory Group), following meetings with Government representatives about the surge in cases of the Covid variant Omicron, has urged funeral firms to ensure they have taken measures to cope with more staff taking sick leave and self-isolating.

The statement read: "In recent meetings with representatives of the UK Government and devolved administrations, discussions have focused on the Covid variant Omicron and its likely implications for our sector.

"Whilst there is a great deal of uncertainty around the virus, it is clear from the initial work carried out by government scientists that it is extremely contagious, more so than the previous Delta and Beta variants. As a result, it has the potential to have a significant impact on workforce attendance as an increasing number contract the virus and have to take sick leave and self-isolate.

"Therefore, DMAG are calling on all members to ensure that their resilience measures are in place: staff split into separate bubbles; where possible working from home; additional staff capacity is available through multi-skilling; measures are in place to be able to offer/receive mutual support if necessary, with other funeral directors, crematoria, cemeteries, suppliers and manufacturers.  
"We would also suggest that wherever possible, extra service availability is made available at the earliest opportunity to enable funerals to take place as soon as reasonably possible to ensure mortuary capacity is protected. 
"Finally, double down on all the Covid security measures contained in government legislation and recommendations."

The latest updated guidance for the care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 is here.

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