Restrictions to Melbourne funerals will ease under the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan towards ‘COVID Normal’.
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Melbourne funerals during coronavirus: What’s allowed?

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  • Mel Buttigieg
  • Writer, Bare
  • September 14, 2020
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The spread of coronavirus is causing further heartbreak for Australians after a loved one dies, with restrictions on attending funerals and memorials, and the ability to visit grieving family and friends. For people in Melbourne, who are suffering through the tightest lock-down rules, there is some funeral relief ahead as part of the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan towards ‘COVID Normal’.

There will be no restrictions on the number of people attending funerals or memorials in Melbourne by the end of the year if Victoria’s infection rate keeps dropping, according to the state’s Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan.

This article will explain what the COVID-19 Road to Recovery means for planning a funeral or memorial in Melbourne and the restrictions during each step.

First Step of Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions

From today (11:59pm on Sunday September 13), up to 10 people are allowed to attend funerals or memorials in Melbourne, in addition to those required to conduct the service. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the limit.

Social rules to support grieving loved ones

There is also a little more relief to help those people to cope with grief if they live alone in Melbourne. Limited in-person visits are now allowed for single-person households and single parents. For others, two people or a household can meet outdoors, within 5km of their home, for a maximum of two hours for social interaction, exercise or recreation.

Restrictions to Melbourne funerals will ease under the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan towards ‘COVID Normal’.
Restrictions to Melbourne funerals will ease under the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan towards ‘COVID Normal’.

Second Step of Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions

From September 28, if metropolitan Melbourne reaches an average of 30-50 daily cases of caronavirus over the 14-day period (and subject to advice from public health officials), metropolitan Melbourne may move into the Second Step of the Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan.

Funerals in Melbourne’s Second Step

Under Step 2, funeral or memorial restrictions will remain unchanged from Step 1. This means up to 10 people are still allowed to attend funerals, in addition to those required to conduct the service. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the limit.

Third Step of Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions

From October 26, if metropolitan Melbourne reaches an average of five daily cases of caronavirus over the 14-day period prior (and subject to advice from public health officials), and less than five of unknown transmission during that time (state-wide total), metropolitan Melbourne can move into the Third Step of the Coronavirus Road to Recovery plan.

Funerals in Melbourne’s Third Step

As part of the Third Step, up to 20 people will be allowed to attend funerals and memorials in addition to those required to conduct the service. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the limit.

Social rules to support grieving loved ones

Under Step 3 of the plan, there will be no restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance you can travel.

Public gatherings of up to 10 people are also allowed outdoors.

A ‘household bubble’ will be allowed under this Third Step of the Coronavirus Road to Recovery. This means that you can nominate a household you’d like to visit your home, with up to five visitors from that household allowed to visit at a time. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap.

Comforting others in their grief
Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend Melbourne funerals and memorials by the end of November if coronavirus cases continue to decline.

Last Step of Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions

From November 23, if metropolitan Melbourne gets to no new cases of caronavirus over the 14-day period prior (and subject to advice from public health officials), the state can move to the Last Step of the ‘COVID Normal’ stage of the Coronavirus Road to Recovery.

Funerals in Melbourne’s Last Step

At the Last Step, up to 50 people will be allowed to attend public funerals and memorials, however the limit is 20 if the service is held at a private residence. The number is in addition to those required to conduct the service. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the limit.

Melbourne’s COVID Normal

When trigger points are met across Victoria AND there are no outbreaks of concern in other states or territories, Melbourne can move to the ‘COVID Normal’ stage of the Coronavirus Road to Recovery.

Funerals in Melbourne’s COVID Normal

As part of the Victorian COVID Normal stage, there will be no limits to the number of people allowed to attend a funeral or memorial in Melbourne.

Organisers will still be required to keep records of attendees for contact tracing purposes.

You may still have to wear a face covering. And if you have coronavirus symptoms, you must still get tested.

Travel to attend funerals during COVID Normal

For mourners hoping to attend a funeral from outside metropolitan Melbourne, travel within Victoria will be allowed under the COVID Normal step, however entering any restricted area will not be allowed.

State border controls may be activated in case of outbreaks, however international border controls will continue.

 

Learn about how Australians are farewelling their loved ones during COVID-19 with our blog article here.

If you or anyone you know needs support call Lifeline on 131 114, or Beyond Blue’s coronavirus mental wellbeing support service on 1800 512 348.

To get a quote or arrange a direct cremation, visit the Bare Cremation website. or call 1800 071 176.

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