Transporting you and your family to and from a funeral
Following Government guidelines released Tuesday 12th May 2020 people attending funerals are advised to follow the advice on safe social distancing when travelling to and from a funeral gathering. Wherever possible, people attending funerals should travel to the venue in a car by themselves or with people from their household. If this is not possible and funeral transport is required we would be happy to provide limousines.
For the safety of all those travelling in one of our limousines we have installed hygienic screens and divisions across all our fleet and all vehicles have hand sanitiser for your use and protection. We provide complimentary tissues and bottled water on request for your comfort during your journey which are yours to keep and we would ask you to take with you.
There are certain guidelines we do ask your help with so that we can continue to provide this service.
We have always maintained the highest standard in cleanliness and hygiene and further developed our housekeeping procedures to provide families the assurance that Houghtons consider your safety paramount before you enter any of our limousines.
If you would like to book limousines we ask you to
Keep the windows open sufficiently enough to provide good ventilation
If possible maintain 2 metres between each other by maximising the distance through appropriate seating positions and face away from each other. This could mean that one limousine may only be able to transport a maximum of 4 passengers or up to 6 if they all will be from one household or support bubble.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after the journey or use the hand sanitiser provided if that is all that is available
Use the disposable tissues provided to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing or with the crook of your elbow if there are no tissues are immediately available
We ask all passengers to wear a face covering whether you are from the same household, support bubble or not. We can provide these for you and we reserve the right to refuse transport to anyone who expects to travel without them.
16th October 2020
The following guidance has been issued from our trade association SAIF
Safe travel in limousines during the coronavirus pandemic
Following the introduction in England of a tiered lockdown system, SAIF has sought to clarify whether there are differences in relation to limousine use across the three alert levels of Medium, High and Very High. Having analysed the guidance, all three alert levels state: "It is difficult to socially distance during car journeys and transmission of coronavirus can occur in this context. So you should avoid travelling with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing." SAIF recommends that members make clients aware of this, as it aligns with current guidance for private hire use and car sharing.
We also remind members of recent advice from the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding face coverings for limousine and funeral vehicle drivers:
"Passengers are legally required to wear a face covering when travelling in a funeral director vehicle or hearse. They are also strongly recommended for drivers.”
It is DfT's understanding that a funeral car would count as public transport and therefore passengers or mourners would be required to wear a face covering. Drivers are not required to wear one, however, it is advisable. Guidance for transport operators with regard to face coverings can be found here.
This information for the provision of limousines has been developed in accordance with the guidance issued from Public Health England which can be found here