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Reopening of cemeteries

24 Apr 2020

Following a decision by the NI Executive that cemeteries may reopen, Belfast City Council is putting a plan in place to manage the opening of its cemeteries from Sunday 26 April, while also ensuring the health and safety of staff and members of the public is protected. This remains a priority.

Roselawn Cemetery has the only crematorium in Northern Ireland, and as a regional facility, serves a much larger population and has a higher level of activity on site.

For this reason, it will still be necessary to have some limits on opening hours in order to safely manage the facility and protect our staff and members of the public, as well as ensuring the integrity of the cremation service going forward.

The reopening of both Roselawn and City Cemetery will be managed on a phased basis, initially opening on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and on Sundays. This will allow people to visit the sites outside of ‘normal’ business hours while burials and cremations are taking place, therefore reducing the risk of large numbers being on site at the same time.

Normal opening hours will operate at Dundonald and Knockbreda cemeteries from Sunday 26 April with both cemeteries opening to the public daily.

We understand this is an extremely sensitive issue for families, especially those who have lost loved ones during these exceptionally difficult circumstances, and for those wishing to visit the graves of loved ones.

Arrangements for cremations and burials at this time remain unchanged.

For further information and details on opening hours at our cemeteries, visit