A crematorium serving five local authority areas is set to increase the maximum number of people allowed to attend funeral services.
Gwent Crematorium, on Tre-Herbert Road, near Cwmbran, will increase the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals, memorial services and gatherings to 10 from Tuesday, May 26.
The crematorium serves the Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly council areas.
Cemeteries within those areas will also permit up to 10 people to attend services.
Gwent Local Resilience Forum announced their decision to increase the limit, previously set at five people, on Saturday.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and in line with government restrictions, the forum said it is still necessary to limit the number of people in any public space and ensure necessary social distancing.
A Newport City Council spokesperson said: “All councils fully recognise and understand how difficult these restrictions can be for the family and friends of the deceased.
“The level of demand and related risk at these sites has been under constant review and restrictions have been eased as soon as it has been deemed safe and appropriate to do so for both the public and staff.
“The decision follows a review of risk assessments and took into account a number of factors, including the ability to safely maintain and enforce the two-metre social distancing requirements, and the impact an increase in attendance would have on the continued health, safety and welfare of all those attending, managing and officiating the funeral.
“The new number supports the continued protection of the public, the ongoing effort to slow the spread of the virus, and ensures bereavement services can continue to manage a safe and dignified funeral.”
MS for Newport West Jayne Bryant said: “It is an incredibly difficult and sensitive time for people who have lost loved ones.
“Following today’s decision, I’m glad that from Tuesday the numbers of mourners in Newport and Gwent will increase from five to 10.”
The Gwent Resilience Forum said the matter will continue to be under review.