Further to information & news releases about the easing of restrictions, NSW Health has issued the following message in relation to funeral and memorial gatherings:
As you may know, the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 3) 2020 commenced on 1 June 2020
The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 3) (the Order) allows funerals or memorial services with no more than 50 people in attendance, excluding the people necessary for the conduct of the service, for example:
- The funeral celebrant or minister of religion, and
- The funeral director.
Records and exchanges of information
The Order directs that the relevant person for the service or gathering must record the names and contact details, including telephone numbers and email addresses, of all persons at the service. A relevant person means:
- For a service or gathering held in an indoor space – the occupier or operator of the premises, or
- For a service or gathering held in an outdoor space – the person conducting the service.
The person who is required to record information must:
- Keep the record for at least a period of 4 weeks and
- On request, provide the record to the Chief Health Officer.
These directions are also applicable to gatherings immediately after a funeral or memorial service.
Places of worship should have a COVID-19 Safety Plan to address wellbeing of staff and visitors, physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning and record keeping rules. Please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/places-of-worship for more information.
The Public Health Orders are available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx#gathering.
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