Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are planning a funeral we hope this information can assist you to understand the current restrictions in place for funerals.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 each state and territory has prepared their own roadmap to recovery which includes the following changes to the number of people who can attend a funeral. As most states and territories are following a three stage easing of restrictions please check this website regularly in the coming weeks for updates.
Indoor funerals can now have up to 20 people attend and outdoor funerals can have up to 30 people attend, excluding those conducting the service.
Indoor funerals can now have up to 20 people attend and outdoor funerals can have up to 30 people attend, excluding those persons conducting the service.
Funerals may be attended by 20 mourners and up to three funeral officials for funerals held indoors or 30 mourners plus up to three funeral officials if the funeral is held outdoors. Visit the QLD Government website for more information.
Funerals are allowed up to 20 mourners indoors and up to 30 outdoors, plus those required to conduct the service. If a funeral is held at a private house then only 5 people, in addition to people who live at the household, can attend. This includes those conducting the service.
The maximum number of mourners is 20 if a funeral is held indoors, and 30 if it is held outdoors. This excludes those officiating at the funeral and other staff necessary to undertake the funeral. Visit the SA Government website for more information.
Indoor funerals are limited to 10 people, excluding persons necessary for the conduct of the funeral. Restrictions for outdoor activities have been eased from 1 May 2020, however there must be at least 4 square metres of space for each person at the funeral.
While we understand that it is difficult to limit the number of people who can attend the funeral of your loved one these measures have been introduced to protect your health and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. AFDA members are absolutely committed to providing a respectful and inclusive farewell despite the strict limitations on physical attendance.
For more information on these restrictions visit the Australian Government Department of Health website www.health.gov.au
In WA, NSW, NT and QLD a person can apply for an exemption for more people to attend a funeral. We suggest you speak to your funeral director to discuss the implications around having more people attend the funeral as guidelines around social distancing may make it difficult to accommodate you request. There must be at least 4 square metres of space for each person present.
To apply for an exemption an applicant is required to:
Another option is to plan a memorial at a later date for your loved one when the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted. A memorial can be held in the funeral home or at another location that has significant meaning for your loved one. This will allow you to celebrate and reflect on the life of your loved one with all of your family and friends.
Family viewing of the deceased may be possible however family members should avoid any contact with the body.
This will be reviewed by your funeral director and discussed with you to explain the various options available.