Shay stadium to be used as resting place if funerals and cremations in Calderdale can’t be conducted
The Shay stadium has been earmarked as a temporary morgue if the number of funerals and cremations in Calderdale exceeds the amount the borough can cope with.
Calderdale Council’s Assistant Director for Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “We have a statutory responsibility to plan for any potential increase in numbers of people who pass away in the borough.
“All local authorities have been asked to put in place arrangements for temporary facilities if they reach a point where they are unable to conduct funerals and cremations at a rate at which deaths are occurring. In Calderdale, the Shay Stadium has been identified as the most appropriate location for this purpose.
“Whilst we are required to plan for this requirement, we very much hope not to need to use it. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.”
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