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Last updated: 12:30pm Monday 12 July 2021

Changes to Rules for Funerals in Greater Sydney

As of Sunday 11 July 2021, funerals are restricted to 10 people (excluding the celebrant and funeral staff).

The one person per four square metre rule is in force for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals. It is also now a requirement for everyone to wear a mask when in a public indoor space in Greater Sydney. This means all attendees to Northern Cemeteries indoor venues (chapels, administration offices, function centres – except when eating and drinking) must wear a mask and adhere to the latest NSW Health advice:

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 10 (excluding the celebrant and funeral staff).

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

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 10 maximum mourners rule.


Function room capacities for both the Wallumatta Function Centre at Macquarie Park and the Lorikeet Room at Frenchs Forest are subject to 10 maximum attendees rule. All attendees at functions must be seated. 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:

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