25 March 2020

 Funerals at Northern Cemeteries sites to follow new COVID-19 controls

Northern Cemeteries will implement the latest restriction of ten people only to attend funerals and burial services in line with wider measures announced following Tuesday’s National Cabinet conference.

The control will come into effect from midnight tonight, 25 March, and is part of the increased coronavirus pandemic restrictions placed on activities now identified as “major transmitting events”.

The new restriction follows recently bolstered measures and precautions introduced by Northern Cemeteries in response to COVID-19.

Burials are currently being conducted at Macquarie Park, Frenchs Forest, Field of Mars and Sandgate cemeteries from Monday to Friday only.

People attending funerals are advised to maintain the recommended safe distance in space to one person per four square metres during services, keep 1.5 metres apart from others, move on after they have ended, and refrain from forming a condolence line or congregating in a group.

A free webcasting service at Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium is available for people who are now restricted or unable to attend.

Anyone who is directly or indirectly affected is advised to contact Mark Franklin, Head of Customer Care on (02) 8877 6062 or

Northern Cemeteries continues to closely monitor this unprecedented situation and is taking all necessary action to ensure it provides increased safety, care and support for families, the community, and staff.

Media Release 23 March 2020

Northern Cemeteries would like to inform you of the following measures and precautions we are putting in place in response to coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the safety of families and the general public, we are limiting funeral services to a maximum of 10 attendees.

We offer excellent free web-casting facilities for all those who are unable to attend chapel services and can conduct enquiries over the phone where necessary.

We are asking that anyone:

  • who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days, or
  • who has been exposed to a confirmed or suspected coronavirus patient;

remain at home and take the necessary steps to care for their health as well as care for the safety of others.

We have also cancelled all events and tours at our locations.

For all enquiries, please call our Customer Care team on 02 9805 0499.

Northern Cemeteries will continue to take all steps to care for our families and the community.