Six cemeteries in Derbyshire have been closed after a local council said it had seen a rise in visits which were "not considered essential".
Amber Valley Borough Council said it had noticed "an above normal" number of residents visiting its sites during the lockdown which posed a risk to maintenance staff.
"Access is only permitted for funerals, essential staffing and emergency or urgent works on site," it said.
“Tending to graves or memorials at cemeteries is not considered essential, but council staff will continue to manage the maintenance of cemeteries and their grounds."
The cemeteries closed are:
- Rodgers Lane, Alfreton
- Cemetery Road, Leabrooks
- Matlock Road, Belper
- Ilkeston Road, Heanor
- Cemetery Lane, Ripley
- Crosshill, Codnor
The council added: "We appreciate this may cause disruption and distress, but the decision has been taken with the safety of residents in mind and to ensure government advice is followed."
Only five family members are currently allowed to attend funerals and the installation of plaques has been suspended.