CEMETERIES in Cheshire West remain open for people to tend the graves of loved ones during the current lockdown, but visitors are reminded to observe social distancing rules.

Frontline council teams are continuing to work in the borough’s cemeteries during the lockdown and have changed their practices to follow current government guidelines on social distancing during daily duties.

And this must also be observed by visitors, who are reminded to avoid touching surfaces and to wash their hands when arriving back home.

Cllr Karen Shore, deputy council leader and cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, said: “The vast majority of people are keeping to these rules to protect others.

“But we hear a small minority aren’t observing the processes in place to keep people safe.

“We can provide reassurance that our own staff are following public health guidance by adhering to social distancing guidelines wherever possible and putting in place appropriate measures to safeguard people’s health and wellbeing.

“We remind the public to also follow social distancing rules.

“We are still getting used to this situation and we are asking people to please play your part to keep yourselves and others safe.”

The Government has stopped public gatherings of more than two people in most circumstances, although funerals are still permitted.