Funeral Restrictions NSW – Current COVID-19
Funeral Restrictions in NSW regarding COVID-19 are always changing and we advise that you continuously keep yourself up to date with the most current COVID-19 restrictions via the NSW Health government site.
Summary of the NSW COVID-19 roadmap announced (last updated 8 October, 2021):
Important information regarding regional workers from 11 October:
-Workers in regional areas who have received one vaccination dose can return to their workplace from 11 October but will need to be fully vaccinated by 1 November.
The changes to the 70% roadmap include these measures from 11 October for funeral restrictions nsw:
-Allowing up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) to a home (previously five)
-Lifting the cap on outdoor gatherings to 30 people (previously 20)
-Increasing the cap for weddings to 100 people (previously 50)
-Increasing the cap for funerals to 100 people (previously 50) (reverted back to a 10-person limit if one person attends who is not fully vaccinated)
-Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehabilitation activities.
At 80% double vaccination, expected around 25 October, restrictions will be further relaxed including:
-Allowing up to 20 visitors (excluding children aged 12 and under) to a home (previously 10)
-Up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20)
-Up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500)
-Nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing)
-Masks will no longer be required in office buildings.
-Funerals permitted with density limit for up to 100 people (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking must be seated.
-Places of worship reopen with density limit.
-Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.
What happens if the funeral restriction nsw are eased (or increased) again?
We are staying close to the most up-to-date information available from the Australian Government’s Department of Health, external medical experts and liaising with the Funeral Directors Association of NSW (FDANSW).
Do the same guidelines/restrictions apply if we have the funeral in a church?
Yes. The same restrictions apply in any location or venue.
How long will these restrictions last?
We are unsure at this stage and in regular contact with the Australian Government’s Department of Health, external medical experts and liaising with the Funeral Directors Association of NSW (FDANSW). These regulations are also being monitored by the State Government and police with on-the-spot fines.
Do the guidelines/restrictions effect the actual funeral ceremony or just the number of people attending?
There are no changes to the service itself. All services just need to be conducted within the current guidelines/ restrictions for number of people and social distancing measures.
What are you doing to ensure you are compliant?
We are staying close to the most up-to-date information available from the Australian Government’s Department of Health, external medical experts and liaising with the Funeral Directors Association of NSW (FDANSW). We are also employing the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained.
What will happen to the funeral we have coming up?
We are working with families to ensure services celebrate the life of their loved one and comply with the current guidelines.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our team and the families we serve is of the utmost importance to us. We have been providing funeral and memorial services to Australians for many decades and will always put our client families at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to helping families farewell their loved ones respectfully and within the current and relevant Government advice and regulations.