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.
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:
- Check the COVID-19 concerns notice if you have been in Victoria recently.
- Follow the rules for interstate travellers if you have been in an affected area.
- Complete a travel declaration form if required.
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.
Our chapels have the following capacities according to social distancing guidelines and the 1 person per 2 square metre rule:
|Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium||Camelia Chapel||200 indoors + 60 outdoors = 260 total|
|Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium||Magnolia Chapel||200 indoors + 60 outdoors = 260 total|
|Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium||Palm Chapel||200 indoors + 60 outdoors = 260 total|
|Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium||Lotus||50|
|Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium||Rose||28|
|Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium||Ohel Chaim||50|
|Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery||Lorikeet Room||37 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.
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.
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