The following restrictions are now in effect under the Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Order (No 2) 2021.
If you are the organiser of a funeral or memorial service, you will need to have and comply with a relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan for significant events. All persons attending a funeral or memorial service or a gathering afterwards must wear a fitted face mask whether they are in an indoor or outdoor area. The mask may be removed when eating and drinking.
Under the Public Health Order there are restrictions on where a person can travel to attend a funeral.
People living in regional NSW (the rest of the state outside of Greater Sydney):
- Can attend a funeral anywhere in regional NSW regardless of relationship to deceased.
- Can only attend funeral in Greater Sydney (including in areas of concern) if they are a spouse, de facto partner, parent, child or sibling of the deceased person.
People living in Greater Sydney (other than areas of concern):
- Can attend a funeral in all of Greater Sydney (other than areas of concern) regardless of relationship to deceased
- Can only attend a funeral in areas of concern and regional NSW if they are a spouse, de facto partner, parent, child or sibling of the deceased person.
People living in areas of concern (specified LGAs and specified suburbs of Penrith LGA)
- Can attend a funeral in the area of concern in which they reside regardless of relationship to deceased
- Can only attend a funeral outside of the area of concern in which they reside if they are a spouse, de facto partner, parent, child or sibling of the deceased person.
Greater Sydney includes Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.
A maximum of 10 people can attend a funeral, memorial service or a gathering afterwards (excluding the person conducting the service and any other person necessary for the conduct and preparation of the service). The 10 person maximum also applies to an outdoor funeral, memorial service or a gathering afterwards. A funeral or memorial service or a gathering afterwards is not permitted at a place of residence in New South Wales.
For all funerals, memorial services, and gatherings afterwards
Electronic records are required for premises holding funerals and memorial services and gatherings after funerals and memorial services. The occupier of the premises must require persons entering their premises to register their contact details. Each person entering the premises should use the Service NSW QR Code to register their contact details. Another person (e.g. family member) may register a person’s details on their behalf, if the person is not able to register with a smart phone. The occupier of the premises must provide alternative means of registering contact details for persons who cannot register electronically due to age, disability or language issues, or due to internet outages.
Visiting cemeteries in New South Wales
Under the Public Health Order, it is a reasonable excuse to leave home for compassionate reasons. In certain circumstances, such as an anniversary of a deceased child, or where a close family member has recently died, visiting a gravesite would be considered compassionate, however visits should be brief. A group of people who live in the same house may gather outdoors. Otherwise, outdoor gatherings are limited to two people. Masks must be worn and cemetery visitors should maintain adequate physical distancing.
We encourage you to continue monitoring the latest updates on the NSW Government website. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
COVID-19 Policy Team | Public Health Response Branch
NSW Ministry of Health | 1 Reserve Road, St Leonards NSW 2065