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COVID-19 Phase 4 Restrictions

Funerals and reducing the spread of COVID-19

(Phase 4 Easing of Restrictions – commencing 27 June 2020).

It can be a difficult time when you have lost a friend or loved one. Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a funeral, this information can help you understand the current restrictions in place that will affect funeral arrangements.

Restrictions on the attendance of people at funerals

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State Government has introduced provisions to prohibit certain activities and specific guidelines for funerals.

Under Phase 4, the number of attendees permitted at a funeral is determined by the 2 square metre social distancing guideline. When arranging the venue, the number of attendees permitted inside the building is is determined by the size of the venue reserved for the service. All attendees are required to comply with physical distancing requirements (2 square metres per person).

In practical terms this means that the capacity of the chapels and condolence lounges at metropolitan Perth cemeteries has needed to be adjusted so as to meet the new 2 square metres distancing guideline. Where the number of people attending a funeral exceeds the venue capacity, these people are still able to attend the funeral but must remain in the outdoor gathering spaces.

Below is a list of the facilities and their associated capacity limits. We recommend that families liaise closely with their funeral director to reserve the facility that can accommodate the anticipated number of mourners.

Traditional Chapels and Lounges

Karrakatta

Norfolk Chapel – 100 people, Norfolk Lounge – 75 people

Brown Chapel – 65 people, Brown Lounge – 65 people

Dench Chapel – 30 people, Dench Lounge – 25 people

Fremantle:

East Chapel – 70 people, East Lounge 40 people

West Chapel – 150 people, West Lounge – 95 people

Pinnaroo:

East Chapel – 90 people, East Lounge – 80 people

West Chapel – 100 people, West Lounge – 80 people

Mausolea and Jewish Prayer Halls:

Guildford

Mausoleum – 100 people

Jewish Prayer Hall – 40 people

Midland

Mausoleum – 8 people

Karrakatta

St Francis Chapel – 50 people

Chapel of the Holy Spirit – 30 people

Christ the Redeemer Chapel – 30 people

Chapel of Saint Jude – 38 people

Jewish Prayer Hall – 24 people

Fremantle

Mausoleum East Wing – 74 people

Mausoleum West Wing – 74 people

It is important to understand that these measures have been introduced to protect your health and well-being and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

For more information on these provisions, visit the  WA Government website.

For more information on physical distancing requirements, visit the WA Government website.

Travelling to funerals

The State Government has introduced restrictions on travel into Western Australia  to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Travelling into Western Australia is prohibited, except in certain circumstances.

A person travelling to Western Australia may be exempt from the travel restrictions on compassionate grounds.

For more information on these travel restrictions, visit the WA Government website.

More information

It is important to note that the State Government is making continual changes as the State Emergency unfolds.

We recommend that you visit the State Government’s website to keep up to to date with additional changes. Visit the WA Government website.

MCB COVID-19 Response

 

The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) continues to follow advice provided by the Department of Health and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to all client families, employees and our communities.

Appropriate measures and protocols have been implemented and continue to be developed to manage this situation; we are monitoring developments closely.

As a precautionary measure, we respectfully request that if you are experiencing symptoms similar to cold or flu that you:

  • do not attend funeral services and after-funeral gatherings.
  • refrain from coming onsite and reschedule any appointments that you have with us.

We are able to provide many of our services by phone and email and would suggest that these be the most appropriate ways to serve you at this point in time. Also, please be advised that we are moving to a cash-less environment due to COVID-19 contact minimisation. We accept BPay, EFTPOS and credit cards.

Please contact our Client Services team on 1300 793 109 or by emailing us at mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au should you like to speak with us.

COVID-19 Phase 3

 

Funerals and reducing the spread of COVID-19

(Phase 3 Easing of Restrictions – commencing 6 June 2020).

It can be a difficult time when you have lost a friend or loved one. Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a funeral, this information can help you understand the current restrictions in place that will affect funeral arrangements.

New restrictions on the attendance of people at funerals

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State Government has introduced new provisions to prohibit certain activities and limit the number of people who can attend a funeral.

Under the new provisions:

  • no more than 100 people can attend a funeral held indoors; or
  • no more than 300 people can attend a funeral outdoors.

 

People who are needed to conduct the funeral, such as the funeral director and the funeral celebrant, are not generally included as part of these limits (unless in a small indoor or outdoor venue and impacted by prohibited gathering requirements). Penalties apply if these limits are not followed.

All attendees are required to comply with physical distancing requirements (2 square metres per person). In practical terms this means that not all of the chapels and condolence lounges at metropolitan Perth cemeteries can accommodate 100 mourners internally and be compliant.  Below is a list of the facilities and their associated capacity limits. We recommend that families liaise closely with their funeral director to reserve the facility that can accommodate the anticipated number of mourners.

Traditional Chapels and Lounges

Karrakatta

Norfolk Chapel – 100 people, Norfolk Lounge – 75 people

Brown Chapel – 65 people, Brown Lounge – 65 people

Dench Chapel – 30 people, Dench Lounge – 25 people

Fremantle:

East Chapel – 70 people, East Lounge 40 people

West Chapel – 100 people, West Lounge – 55 people

Pinnaroo:

East Chapel – 90 people, East Lounge – 80 people

West Chapel – 100 people, West Lounge – 80 people

Mausolea and Jewish Prayer Halls:

Guildford

Mausoleum – 100 people

Jewish Prayer Hall – 40 people

Midland

Mausoleum – 8 people

Karrakatta

St Francis Chapel – 30 people

Chapel of the Holy Spirit – 30 people

Christ the Redeemer Chapel – 30 people

Chapel of Saint Jude – 38 people

Jewish Prayer Hall – 24 people

Fremantle

Mausoleum East Wing – 74 people

Mausoleum West Wing – 74 people

It can be a difficult task to limit the number of attendees at the funeral of your loved one.

However, it is important to understand that these measures have been introduced to protect your health and well-being and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Funeral Directors or those conducting the funeral are required to keep an attendance record of all attendees for (potential) contact tracing.

For more information on these provisions, visit the  WA Government website.

Exemptions from the attendee limits

A person can apply for approval to allow more than 100 people to attend a funeral held indoors or 300 people to attend a funeral held outdoors.

It is highly recommended that you seek the advice of your funeral director and discuss the implications of having more than the allowable number of attendees at the funeral.

Provisions requiring people to observe physical distancing may make it difficult to accommodate a funeral with the maximum or more than the allowable number of people. More information on the physical distancing requirements is provided below.

To apply for an exemption approval, an applicant is required to:

 

Irrespective of any exemption approval, the physical distancing requirements for each person present at the funeral must still be adhered to. If approval is granted, it is important for everyone’s health and safety that the limit of people specified in the approval is not exceeded. If the limit of people in the approval is exceeded, the cemetery or funeral director may not be able to undertake the funeral in accordance with current requirements. This will create additional stress for everyone involved.

For more information on community activities such as funerals, visit the WA Government website.

Physical distancing requirements

New physical distancing requirements introduced by the State Government apply to the gathering of people at cemeteries and funerals. This may impact where the funeral of your loved one can be held. It is important that you discuss your options with the funeral director to ensure you comply with these requirements.

For more information on physical distancing requirements, visit the WA Government website.

Travelling to funerals

The State Government has introduced restrictions on travel into Western Australia and remote Aboriginal communities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Travelling into Western Australia and Aboriginal communities is prohibited, except in certain circumstances.

A person travelling to Western Australia or into a remote community to attend a funeral may be exempt from the travel restrictions on compassionate grounds.

For more information on these travel restrictions, visit the WA Government website.

Involving everyone in the funeral

A funeral is important in working through the grief in the loss of a loved one. There are ways to still include everyone in a funeral, even if they cannot attend in person:

  • consider live streaming the service;
  • have loved ones send video messages to be screened at the funeral;
  • consider having written messages of support shared at the funeral;
  • record the funeral and create a video to share with others;
  • ask friends and family to stop for a moment of remembrance at a specific date and time;
  • organise a drive by whereby family and friends can responsibly distance themselves along a street as a funeral procession drives by.

 

Another appropriate option may be to hold multiple funerals with the maximum number of attendees at each funeral.

It is important that everyone has an opportunity to express their grief and share in supporting one another through this difficult time.

Planning a memorial at a later date

One option to consider is planning a memorial for your loved one at a later date when there is no longer a pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This will allow you to celebrate and reflect on the life of your loved one with all the people they shared a connection with.

A memorial can be held at the cemetery, or at another location that has significant meaning to your loved one and will provide an opportunity for all of those who wish to pay their respects to do so.

More information

It is important to note that the State Government is making continual changes as the State Emergency unfolds.

We recommend that you visit the State Government’s website to keep up to to date with additional changes. Visit the WA Government website.

 

MCB COVID-19 Response

 

The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) continues to follow the advice provided by the Department of Health and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to all client families, employees and our communities.

Appropriate measures and protocols have been implemented and continue to be developed to manage this situation; we are monitoring developments closely.

As a precautionary measure, we respectfully request that if you are experiencing symptoms similar to cold or flu that you:

  • do not attend funeral services and after-funeral gatherings.
  • refrain from coming onsite and reschedule any appointments that you have with us.

 

We are able to provide many of our services by phone and email and would suggest that these be the most appropriate ways to serve you at this point in time. Also, please be advised that we are moving to a cash-less environment due to COVID-19 contact minimisation. We accept BPay, EFTPOS and credit cards.

Please contact our Client Services team on 1300 793 109 or by emailing us at mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au should you like to speak with us.

National Palliative Care Week 2020

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a person and family-centred care provided for a person with an active, progressive, advanced disease, who has little or no prospect of cure and who is expected to die, and for whom the primary goal is to optimise the quality of life.

End-of-life care is the last few weeks of life in which a patient with a life-limiting illness is rapidly approaching death. The needs of patients and their carers is higher at this time. This phase of palliative care is recognised as one in which increased services and support are essential to ensure quality, coordinated care from the health care team is being delivered. This takes into account the terminal phase or when the patient is recognised as imminently dying, death and extends to bereavement care.

Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Because palliative care is based on individual needs, the services offered will differ but may include:

  • Relief of pain and other symptoms e.g. vomiting, shortness of breath
  • Resources such as equipment needed to aid care at home
  • Assistance for families to come together to talk about sensitive issues
  • Links to other services such as home help and financial support
  • Support for people to meet cultural obligations
  • Support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns
  • Counselling and grief support
  • Referrals to respite care services

Palliative care is a family-centered model of care, meaning that family and carers can receive practical and emotional support.

Who is palliative care for?

Palliative care is for people of any age who have been told that they have a serious illness that cannot be cured. Palliative care assists people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and end-stage kidney or lung disease to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

For some people, palliative care may be beneficial from the time of diagnosis with a serious life-limiting illness. Palliative care can be given alongside treatments given by other doctors.

Who is in the palliative care team?

Palliative care may be provided by a wide range of people, this may include your GP, aged care worker, cardiologist and any other health care provider, as do family and other carers.  They are supported by specialist palliative care services if symptoms become difficult to manage.

Where is palliative care provided?

Palliative care is provided where the person and their family wants, where possible. This may include:

  • At home
  • In hospital
  • In a hospice
  • In a residential aged care facility

Many people indicate a preference to die at home and making this possible often depends on several factors, including:

  • the nature of the illness and amount of care the person needs
  • how much support is available from the person’s family and community
  • whether the person has someone at home who can provide physical care and support for them.

How do I get palliative care?

For help and information ask your:

  • Doctor
  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Hospital Liaison Officer
  • Nurse
  • Funeral Director

Selecting a Funeral Director

A funeral is a time to honour your loved one and celebrate all the wonderful things about them. It is a time to share their story, your memories, and sorrow and an opportunity to say goodbye with family and friends.

A funeral director needs to be contacted to make funeral arrangements. You may wish to speak with a number of funeral directors before deciding on the one you feel most comfortable with. There is no need for funeral arrangements to be rushed. You can also plan and pay for your funeral in advance. You can pay the full amount or in a number of payments over an agreed period. However, not all plans will refund your payments if you decide to cancel – so it is important to check first.

COVID – 19 Phase 2 for Funerals

Phase 2 will come into effect from Monday 18 May 2020.

Up to 20 attendees can attend a funeral indoors or 30 attendees for outdoor services unless an exemption is approved. (Please refer to the Department of Local Government, Sports, and Cultural Industries website for how to apply for an exemption). These numbers do not include the persons necessary to conduct the service.

Mourners attending must have their names registered by the Funeral Director.

When arranging the venue, the facility must be able to accommodate the social distance and public gathering rules which require at least 4 square metres per person.

COVID-19

Funerals and reducing the spread of COVID-19

It can be a difficult time when you have lost a friend or loved one. Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are planning a funeral, this information can help you understand the current restrictions in place that will affect funeral arrangements.

Restrictions on the attendance of people at funerals

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State Government introduced provisions to prohibit certain activities and limit the number of people who can attend a funeral.

Under the provisions, no more than 10 people can attend a funeral. People who are needed to conduct the funeral, such as the funeral director and the funeral celebrant, are not generally included as part of the 10-person limit (unless the funeral is in a small (indoor or outdoor) venue and impacted by prohibited gathering requirements). Penalties apply if this limit is not followed.

It can be a difficult task to limit the number of people who can attend the funeral of your loved one. However, it is important to understand that these measures have been introduced to protect your health and well-being and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

For more information on these provisions, visit the  WA Government website.

 Exemptions from the 10-person limit

A person can apply for approval to allow more than 10 people to attend a funeral, but only where all people considered (counted) are immediate family members.

An immediate family member means only the partner or spouse (including de facto), parents, siblings and children (including stepchildren) of the deceased.

Close friends of the deceased, extended family members and other people who are not immediate family, will not be able to attend the funeral if the 10-person limit is reached, even if the exemption approval is granted.

It is highly recommended that you seek the advice of your funeral director and discuss the implications of having more than 10 people attend the funeral.

Provisions requiring people to observe social distancing may make it difficult to accommodate a funeral with more than 10 people. The funeral may need to be held outside or in a larger venue.

To apply for an exemption approval, an applicant is required to:

Irrespective of any exemption approval, there must still be at least four square metres of space for each person present. It is important that you discuss your options with the funeral director to ensure you comply with these requirements.

If approval is granted, it is important for everyone’s health and safety that the limit of people specified in the approval is not exceeded. If the limit of people in the approval is exceeded, the cemetery or funeral director may not be able to undertake the funeral in accordance with current requirements. This will create additional stress for everyone involved.

For more information on community activities such as funerals, please read the Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions on the WA Government website.

For more information on social distancing requirements, visit the WA Government website.

Travelling to funerals

The State Government has introduced restrictions on travel into and within Western Australia to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Travelling into Western Australia and travelling between the different regions of Western Australia has been prohibited, except in certain circumstances.

A person travelling to Western Australia or is travelling between different regions in Western Australia to attend a funeral can be exempt from the travel restrictions on compassionate grounds.

For more information on these travel restrictions, visit the WA Government website.

 Involving everyone in the funeral

A funeral is important in working through the grief in the loss of a loved one. There are ways to still include everyone in a funeral, even if they cannot attend in person:

  • consider live-streaming the service;
  • have loved ones send video messages to be screened at the funeral;
  • consider having written messages of support shared at the funeral;
  • record the funeral and create a video to share with others
  • ask friends and family to stop for a moment of remembrance at a specific date and time.

It is important that everyone has an opportunity to express their grief and share in supporting one another through this difficult time.

Planning a memorial at a later date

One option to consider is planning a memorial for your loved one at a later date when there is no longer a pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This will allow you to celebrate and reflect on the life of your loved one with all the people they shared a connection with.

A memorial can be held at the cemetery, or at another location that has significant meaning to your loved one and will provide an opportunity for all of those who wish to pay their respects to do so.

More information

It is important to note that the State Government is making continual changes as the State Emergency unfolds. We recommend that you visit the State Government’s website to keep up to to date with additional changes. Visit the WA Government website.

MCB COVID-19 Response

 

The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) continues to follow the advice provided by the Department of Health and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to all client families, employees and our communities.

Appropriate measures and protocols have been implemented and continue to be developed to manage this situation; we are monitoring developments closely.

As a precautionary measure, we respectfully request that if you have travelled internationally over the last 14 days or are experiencing symptoms similar to cold or flu that you:

  • do not attend funeral services and after-funeral gatherings.
  • refrain from coming onsite and reschedule any appointments that you have with us.

We are able to provide many of our services by phone and email and would suggest that these be the most appropriate ways to serve you at this point in time. Also, please be advised that we are moving to a cash-less environment due to COVID-19 contact minimisation. We accept BPay, EFTPOS and credit cards.

Please contact our Client Services team on 1300 793 109 or by emailing us at mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au should you like to speak with us.