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

Last updated: 8am 12 January 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.

How many people can attend a funeral service?

The maximum number of people who can attend a funeral service is a maximum of 100, and subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule in indoor areas and 1 in 2 square metre rule in outdoor areas:

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 physical distancing guidelines and the 1 person per 4 square metre rule:

CemeteryChapelMaximum Capacity
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumCamelia Chapel100
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumMagnolia Chapel100
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumPalm Chapel100
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumLotus40
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumRose15
Macquarie Park Cemetery and CrematoriumOhel Chaim25
Frenchs Forest Bushland CemeteryLorikeet Room17

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 the 1 person per 2 square metre rule and social distancing measures if outdoors, and 1 person per 4 square metre rule in indoor interments (such as mausoleums).

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 4 square metre rule in indoor areas. Please contact Celeste Catering on 02 9889 8455 to discuss the new capacities for each room configuration.

What if I am travelling from outside NSW?

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

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 are required to be worn by everyone attending funeral services at our sites. Those attending a service should bring a face mask to adhere to the latest NSW public health advice. If you happen to find yourself without a mask, disposable masks are now available from the Florist and Café at Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium.

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.

Record of Attendance Form

The NSW Government requires that people attending a funeral service are required to supply their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing. Funeral Directors and families can assist us by using our QR codes at each site they visit, or ensuring that the names and contact details of all attendees are recorded on the Funeral Attendance Record before the service commences.

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