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My Step-Mother, bless her is very close to the end in a Care Home in my home town where I currently live. My Sister is in and lives in Surrey, currently in Tier 4.


Can she travel to Tier 2 for the impending funeral?


Most people say, Just do it!



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You can leave home to attend or visit:

  • a place of worship for communal worship
  • a funeral or event related to a death
  • a burial ground or a remembrance garden
  • a wedding ceremony

However, weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend (see below).



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Very sorry to hear this.  


No time is good - but this is at an especially bad time

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You have to have a "reasonable excuse" to leave home. The list of reasonable excuses provided in the legislation in not exhaustive (which means you can leave home for a reason that is not listed provided it is considered "reasonable"). However the list includes to attend a funeral  (Exception No. 7) and it also includes a "Death Bed Visit" where you can visit someone whom you reasonable believe is dying (Exception No. 6).

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Hi H


Condolences to you and you family.


I agree short answer YES as long as they follow the social distance rules etc.

(I would also try to keep somthing evidence wise with you when you travel to show you are attending the funeral, just in case you are stopped and asked due to tier 4)


Again Condolences


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  • 2 weeks later...

I hate it when threads are not 'finished'. So here is how it all ended. Step Mum went into Care Home 23rd of December. Had a Good Christmas. Care home rang 8.30am New Years Day to say come in to us quickly. Step Sister had time for a train from Surrey. We were both with Step Mum when she passed. It was as good as it could possibly have been.





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42 years at the pointy end of the motor trade. :eek:

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