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 the restrictions toward ‘COVID Normal’ and a ‘COVIDsafe Summer’.
Melbourne funerals during COVID-19 restrictions
Coronavirus restrictions have eased for people in metropolitan Melbourne and greater Victoria attending funerals, as the state moves towards COVID Normal. Melbourne has now entered the last step of COVID-19 restrictions, in line with regional Victoria.
There is no longer a capacity limit on people attending funerals in Melbourne or greater Victoria, as the state moves to a ‘COVIDSafe Summer’. However, the limit will depend on the venue’s density quota of one person per 2 square metres.
Funeral organisers will still be required to keep records of attendees for contact tracing purposes.
Travel restrictions between Melbourne and regional Victoria no longer apply, as the ‘ring of steel‘ has come down.
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 follow household gathering limits. This means the number of people allowed to attend a home funeral, wake, or memorial will now be increased from 15 to 30 including dependents.
Up to 100 people may attend a funeral or memorial held outside, in line with public gathering limits.
Social rules to support grieving loved ones
Under Melbourne’s final step in the COVID-19 recovery plan, public gatherings of up to 100 people are now allowed outdoors. Travel restrictions between Melbourne and regional Victoria no longer apply, as the ‘ring of steel’ has come down.
Up to 30 people may now visit your home per day, plus any dependents who can’t be left at home.
Learn about how Australians are farewelling their loved ones during COVID-19 with our article here.
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