Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions are easing further, allowing up to 100 people to attend memorials at home. Public gathering limits can increase to 200 in Melbourne and greater Victoria, to accommodate outdoor memorials.
The spread of coronavirus is causing further heartbreak for Australians after a loved one dies, particularly with the tough funeral restrictions in Melbourne and greater Victoria. For people suffering through the country’s tightest lock-down rules, there is some relief ahead for those planning a funeral or memorial and visiting grieving family and friends in Melbourne.
This article explains what the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan means for planning a funeral or memorial in Melbourne and what Victoria’s COVIDSafe restrictions mean.
Melbourne funerals during COVID-19 restrictions
Coronavirus restrictions have eased for people in metropolitan Melbourne and greater Victoria attending funerals and memorials as part of the state’s COVIDSafe settings.
There is no longer a capacity limit on people attending funerals in Melbourne or greater Victoria indoors or outdoors. Funeral organisers will still be required to keep records of attendees for contact tracing purposes.
However, you should not attend a funeral if you’re feeling unwell.
Memorials and wakes during Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions
Under Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions, memorials and wakes are a separate event to funerals. A funeral or memorial held at a home or outdoor venue in metropolitan Melbourne and greater Victoria is restricted to private gathering limits.
Funerals and memorials at a home or private residence must follow household gathering limits. This means numbers are limited to the members of the household and up to 5 visitors. Those required to conduct the ceremony aren’t included in this limit. A face mask must be worn unless there is a lawful reason not to. From 6pm on Friday, March 26, Victorians will be able to have up to 100 people visit their home per day, up from 30. That means home memorials can be held with a larger number of people. Victoria’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions also mean that the number of people attending memorials in public areas can increase from 100 to 200.
You must wear a face mask while attending a funeral outdoors when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.
A wake or memorial held at a venue, such as a restaurant or community centre, will depend on the venue’s density quota of one person per 2 square metres. Indoor non-seated entertainment venues will increase from 50 per cent capacity to 75 per cent capacity, with a limit of 1000 people still in place.
Minister for Health Martin Foley said: “These changes are another positive step in Victoria’s social and economic recovery but also a reminder that now is not the time to be complacent – we must continue to keep each other safe, so we can stay open.”
Learn about how Australians are farewelling their loved ones during COVID-19 with our article here.
To get a quote or arrange a direct cremation, visit the Bare Cremation website or call 1800 071 176.