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

Last updated: 2pm Friday 26 March 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 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.

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 encouraged to be worn by everyone attending 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