Together, we will work to limit the spread of COVID-19

Last updated: 2pm Monday 31 May 2021

Northern Cemeteries follows the public health advice of the NSW Government to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees and community. We are a COVIDSafe organisation. This page will be updated regularly with the latest measures which form our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

What if I am travelling from Victoria?

Northern Cemeteries adheres to the NSW Government rules for people visiting NSW.

Please note:

On Thursday 27 May the NSW Government issued a Covid-19 Concerns Notice for Victoria. This applies to anyone:

  • Entering NSW on or after Thursday 13 May 2021 who has been in Victoria the previous 14 days
  • Who has entered NSW and has been in Victoria at a place of high concern (close contact venue or casual contact venue)
  • Entering NSW who has been in Victoria on or after 4pm Thursday 27 May.

The Covid-19 Concerns Notice means that anyone who is in NSW or planning to visit NSW is required to:

Anyone who has visited any of Victoria’s areas of concern since 13 May OR been in Victoria on or after 4pm on Thursday 27 May is not permitted to attend a Northern Cemeteries site if they have not completed the 14 days of self-isolation first.

Please check this site for daily updates on Victoria and all the self-isolating hotspots: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates  

How many people can attend a funeral service?

The maximum number of people who can attend a funeral service is subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.

This applies to chapel services, burials and interments, and catered functions or wakes after a funeral service.

Chapels

Our chapels have the following capacities according to social distancing guidelines and the 1 person per 2 square metre rule:

CemeteryChapelMaximum Capacity
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumCamelia Chapel200 indoors + 60 outdoors = 260 total
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumMagnolia Chapel200 indoors + 60 outdoors = 260 total
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumPalm Chapel200 indoors + 60 outdoors = 260 total
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumLotus50
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumRose28
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumOhel Chaim50
Frenchs Forest Bushland CemeteryLorikeet Room37 indoors + 10 outdoors = 47 total

We offer excellent free webcasting facilities for all those who are unable to attend chapel services.

Burials and Interments

Burials and interments at all Northern Cemeteries sites must also adhere to social distancing measures and the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.

Catering/Functions

Function room capacities for both the Wallumatta Function Centre at Macquarie Park and the Lorikeet Room at Frenchs Forest are subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule in indoor areas. Please contact Celeste Catering on 02 9889 8455 to discuss the new capacities for each room configuration.

Service NSW QR Code Check In

All people attending a funeral must check in via the Service NSW QR Code before the service commences. The Service NSW app can be downloaded here.

What if I feel unwell?

If you are feeling unwell, or have flu-like symptoms, for your safety; your loved ones and the broader community, please take a COVID test immediately. You must self isolate until you receive a negative result and no longer have symptoms.

Travelling from Overseas

Anyone who has returned from overseas must complete the mandatory 14 days in self-isolation. If self-isolation has not been completed for 14 days, the person cannot attend a Northern Cemeteries site.

What if I have visited a NSW Hotspot?

The NSW Government provides a daily update on locations with known COVID-19 outbreaks and recommends the following action by anyone who has been in these location:

  • People who must self-isolate and get tested immediately after visiting a NSW hotspot
  • People who must monitor their symptoms
  • Increased testing and surveillance
  • We also ask Funeral Directors to help us ensure that where family members or members of their own team are not well, they not attend the funeral.

Case locations in NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations-in-nsw

Face masks

Masks must be worn by everyone attending indoor funeral services at our sites.

Guidelines for People Attending Funerals

We all have a role to play in minimising the spread of COVID-19. Northern Cemeteries has prepared a Guidelines for People Attending Funerals handout which offers practical information for visitors. We also have a Northern Cemeteries Staying Safe flyer for all attendees.

Guidelines for Funeral Directors

Northern Cemeteries works closely with Funeral Directors to ensure that together we are complying with all government restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our Guidelines for Funeral Directors handout lists the key COVIDSafe measures we ask Funeral Directors to assist us with.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on our COVID-19 measures