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.
Restrictions have eased to allow more than 50 mourners to attend a funeral subject to the 4 square metre rule. From 1 July 2020 smaller venues can have up to 50 attendees providing that a 1.5 metre rule is observed. The 1 person per 4 square metre rule also applies to gatherings held after the service.Travel restrictions apply. Visit the NSW Government website for more information.
From 19 June 2020, funerals can have up to 100 mourners or 1 person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser.
From 16 June 2020, 100 mourners will be allowed at a funeral or wake provided social distancing is observed and following the rule of 1 person per 4 square metres. From 3 July 2020 smaller venues below 200 square metres can have 1 person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time. Travel restrictions apply. Visit the QLD Government website for more information.
From 1 July 2020 funerals held in a restricted postcode (hot zone) will be limited to 10 people plus those required to conduct the funeral. You can travel to a funeral outside a hot zone. Outside hot zones up to 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to funeral staff. If a funeral is held at a private house then only 5 people can attend plus the funeral staff. Travel restrictions apply. Visit the VIC Government website for more information.
From 29 June 2020 there are no restrictions on the number of people allowed at funerals provided the 1 person per 2 square metre rule is applied at the funeral venue. Travel restrictions apply. Visit the SA Government website for more information.
There are no gathering limits in the NT, however there must be at least 4 square metres of space for each person at the funeral. Travel restrictions apply. Visit the NT Government website for more information.
From 26 June 2020 gathering sizes will increase to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. The number of attendees at a funeral will be limited by the density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres at the venue. Travel restrictions apply. Visit the TAS Government website for more information.
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 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.