UP to eight people will be able to attend services held at Cardross Crematorium but only five will be allowed to attend the crematorium in Dalnottar, Clydebank.

However, both Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire councils have imposed a five people limit on mourners attending the graveside.

The sanction has been introduced in line with Scottish Government social distancing measures in force for the coronavirus outbreak.

As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise, funeral directors and ministers have been told to advise grieving families that they will need to choose who is going to attend a funeral.

Co-operative Funeralcare told the Reporter: “Cardross is allowing for eight people at the crematorium, but only five at the graveside.

“It’s a real shame, but at the start of the outbreak there were up to 100 mourners turning up at the crematorium, all standing in the same room.

“It is up to the family to adhere to the rules, rather than more people turning up and being turned away. It’s in everyone’s best interest to limit who goes.”

A spokeswoman for West Dunbartonshire Council said: “In line with government guidance, we have introduced a five person limit for all cremation services and burials held at our facilities.

“This decision to restrict attendance is among a range of measures being implemented to limit the spread of the Covid-19, including asking guests to refrain from handshaking, and the removal of song books and the book of remembrance.

“We understand this is a difficult time for families and apologise for any inconvenience or upset this may cause.

“We will continue to work closely with them to fully support them and make arrangements in a sensitive way.”

There has been no clear indication how this will be imposed, however at the moment there has been no issues with adherence.